Journey The Hague

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Exposing the sex trade with ‘Journey’

“Ik ga naar het buitenland, ik ga geld verdienen. Het was een droom… ik vond het geweldig.”

Journey bestaat uit zeven zeecontainers die het verhaal van Elena vertellen, slachtoffer van mensenhandel. De containers symboliseren de zeven stadia die een slachtoffer van mensenhandel doorloopt; in dit geval een slachtoffer van seksuele slavernij. Journey brengt creativiteit en overlevingsdrang bij elkaar. Het laat zien en voelen hoe het is om uitgebuit te worden als slavin.

Mensenhandel
 is grenzeloze misdaad. Mensenhandel is moderne slavernij en komt in Nederland niet alleen voor in de seksindustrie (prostitutie). Ook in andere sectoren komt uitbuiting voor: in de horeca, schoonmaakbranche, land- en tuinbouw, massagesalons, huishoudelijk werk, drugscriminaliteit en bouw. Journey is er om mensen bewust te maken dat mensenhandel realiteit is en hen aan te zetten er iets tegen te doen.

‘Journey’ is een Brits initiatief; het Bureau Nationaal Rapporteur Mensenhandel heeft de expositie naar Nederland gehaald. Dit bureau constateert dat het in Nederland nog ontbreekt aan mankracht om opsporing van mensenhandelaren en de opvang van slachtoffers vlekkeloos te laten verlopen.

De expositie bevindt zich in een tunnel van zeven zeecontainers, waarin het verhaal van een slachtoffer van seksuele uitbuiting wordt verteld. 

Nog tot en met 24 oktober te bezoeken.

tekst via:   www.journeydenhaag.nl


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Exposing the sex trade with ‘Journey’

An international art installation on human trafficking entitled ‘Journey’ can be seen on the Plein in The Hague from 14 to 24 October. The installation was co-created by the British actress and director Emma Thompson, who will be in The Hague on Thursday for the opening.

An international art installation on human trafficking entitled ‘Journey’ can be seen on the Plein in The Hague from 14 to 24 October. The installation was co-created by the British actress and director Emma Thompson, who will be in The Hague on Thursday for the opening.

The installation tells the story of a young girl, Elena, who was forced into the global sex industry. Elena is from a small town in the East European republic of Moldova. At the age of 18, she was promised a job and a future in the UK. When she arrived, she was made into a prostitute.

Emma Thompson co-created ‘Journey’ with a woman who was victimized by sex traffickers. Viewers who look through this porthole see their own faces superimposed on the bodies of woman wearing prostitutes’; weeds, tattered lingerie and other worn, used clothing.

Seven shipping containers

The installation comprises seven shipping containers, each designed by a different artist to interpret the seven stages of Elena’s  ‘journey into hell’. Visitors will experience victims’ feelings of anger, humiliation and violence but also the creativity and survival instinct which ultimately lead to their ‘liberation’.

‘Journey’ is an initiative of the Helen Bamber Foundation, a human rights charity working with survivors of gross human rights violations

Visitors information

The installation on international human trafficking will remain in The Hague until 24 October. The installation is open daily from 11.00 to 19.00 hrs. Admission is free.

Visit the website of Journey Den Haag for more information.

text courtesy of: www.denhaag.nl

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