Art against trafficking and exploitationThe True Stories Project, an exhibition that aims to create awareness about and raise voice against exploitation and trafficking is slated to begin at the Patan Museum this Friday.
The True Stories Project, an exhibition that aims to create awareness about and raise voice against exploitation and trafficking is slated to begin at the Patan Museum this Friday.
The exhibition, through art and artists, will give voice to the vulnerable population that is either at risk or already has been victim of sexual abuse, sexual exploitation or gender-based violence, the organisers said.
The True Stories Project will also tap into the issue of how human sex trafficking has become the fastest growing business in organised crime and the third largest criminal enterprise in the world.
A statement released by organisers reveals an alarming data: “According to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, more than 100,000 children are sold for sex in the United States each year. They range in age from nine years to 19; the average age of child sex workers in Oakland, California is 12 years.”
Two particular stories told in the exhibition are of girls who are worlds apart.
Sita, a 15-year-old, hails from a small village devastated by the 2015 earthquake in Nepal. Displaced and vulnerable, she is an easy target for human traffickers who supply to a network of brothels across South Asia. But, hers is not an isolated case—she is just one of many young girls and women who fall victim to markets of sex trade in the region. Data reveals that an estimated 15,000 Nepali girls are victims of sex trafficking each year.
Another story is that of Debbie from Oakland, also a 15-year-old, one of tens of thousands of young American girls and boys who are abducted for sex slavery.
The exhibition, the organisers say, hence tries to expose the stories of exploitation and abuse to the public by bringing gender-based objectification, mythology and exploitation to the fore. The exhibition will feature 17 artists from and outside Nepal and will see participation of seven national and international organisations working in the field.
Organised by Siddhartha Arts Foundation, the exhibition will continue till July 31.