No 3 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 of men and women forced to live in squalid conditions, working in cannabis farms, sweat shops and even in 'ordinary-looking' city houses where they are made to do unpaid housework.
As a result, I was moved to make 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.
This drawing shows a man trafficked into the UK and installed in a cannabis farm to single-handedly tend the plants there. This may take place in an ordinary looking house in an ordinary street and it may be some time before the neighbours or the police become aware of what is happening there."