No 2 from Mary's 'Human Trafficking' series, ink and watercolour on paper. 45 cm x 30 cm.
Mary : "Over the past few years, in UK, there have been some disturbing revelations women and girls, working in brothels in 'ordinary-looking' houses and flats in towns and cities throughout the UK. These women may have travelled willingly to the UK, believing that they will be given bona fide employment and are shocked to find that they must work as prostitutes in order to pay back the 'fares' to the men who have brought them here.
Other girls already living in the UK , may find that the man they believed was their 'boyfriend' suddenly expects her to have sex with his friends, and finds she must pay him back for the clothes and gifts she has received in the past.
I have made a series of drawings in an attempt to raise awareness of the plight of trafficked people. I have used the symbol of a ‘bar-code’ as stripes in the background of each drawing. This symbolises that the person is being treated as a commodity for sale. The vertical lines are also reminiscent of prison bars and represents that person’s lack of choice."