Beulah London has collaborated with the charity partner YouCanFreeUs to create an awareness campaign on modern day slavery through a series of portraits by the photographer Danielle Valimont and illustrator LulaHerself, depicting women who have been rescued from human trafficking,
Each woman has chosen a flower which is drawn onto the portraits. The flowers conceal their identity but also symbolise their freedom and restoration, the undeniable beauty that is within each human being, in spite of their circumstances, and the indestructible value of life that now flourishes in hope of new beginnings.
The portraits exhibited are of survivors of human trafficking who have been through the rehabilitation programme in one of the YouCanFreeUs safe houses.
Each portrait is available to buy here.
Their life stories have been re-written…
Over 15,000 people are estimated to be trapped in slavery in the UK, while there are thought to be a staggering 300 brothels within the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea alone, with 75% of women being held against their will.
There are an estimated 45.8 million people trapped in slavery, with 95% of them being women and children.
Modern slavery is the fastest growing criminal activity, worth over $150billion every year.
Every 30 seconds someone is trafficked somewhere in the world.
Only 63,000 victims of slavery were reported last year.
#SheIsNotForSale #SheIsFree #SheIsYou #SheIsMe
How To Identify Victims:
Is the victim in possession of a passport, identification or travel documents? Are these documents in possession of someone else?
Does the victim act as if they were instructed or coached by someone else? Do they allow others to speak for them when spoken to directly?
Was the victim recruited for one purpose and forced to engage in some other job? Was their transport paid for by facilitators, whom they must pay back through providing services?
Does the victim receive little or no payment for their work? Is someone else in control of their earnings?
Was the victim forced to perform sexual acts?
Does the victim have freedom of movement?
Has the victim or family been threatened with harm if the victim attempts to escape?
Is the victim under the impression they are bonded by debt, or in a situation of dependence?
Has the victim been harmed or deprived of food, water, sleep, medical care or other life necessities?
Can the victim freely contact friends or family? Do they have limited social interaction or contact with people outside their immediate environment?