No 4 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 woman who is kept in a house where she is forced to work as an unpaid servant. Because she has been brought into the country as an illegal immigrant she believes that she cannot run away and so stays where she is."