Exhibiting Modern Slavery

“Invisible People” exhibition in Cardiff Photo by CNP

A touring photographic exhibition which aims to help you to recognize the signs of slavery and exploitation came to Cardiff this weekend.

The “Invisible People” exhibition is part of the National Crime Agency’s campaign to raise awareness of modern slavery and human trafficking. Slavery was abolished in the UK in 1807 yet more than 200 years but it still exists. Modern slavery is a crime which seeks out the most vulnerable men, women and children and abuses them for criminal profit.

Exploitation happens in our communities, sometimes right before our eyes in plain sight, and yet we don’t really see it. The NCA teamed up with photographers including multiple award winner Rory Carnegie and human rights charity the Helen Bamber Foundation to recreate the lives of Invisible People and expose the reality of modern slavery.

The exhibition comprised a series of large, freestanding cubes displaying images capturing snapshots of life in modern slavery – in agriculture, construction, maritime, cannabis farming and food processing, child trafficking for sexual exploitation and forced prostitution.

Photo by CNP

Each image came with written commentary describing what the viewer is seeing, and information about signs which may indicate someone is a victim.

Also in this event, Bawso, main organisation that supports victims of human trafficking was there to support the NCA event. Deputy Chief Executive at Bawso, Samsunear Ali said: “We will help the victims to get over their experiences. We will help them to find the best solution, whether they have to seek asylum to stay in the UK or whether it’s safe for them to go back home.”

The NCA leads the UK law enforcement response to modern slavery and human trafficking. There are currently more than 500 live policing operations targeting the threat, it said.

The exhibition will tour cities across Britain including Glasgow, Lincoln, Bristol and Cardiff – shown in public spaces such as shopping malls and high streets to draw attention to the crime.

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