Scene 3 Set free from the Warehouse, Old Amsterdam
This scene is dedicated to Bringing Freedom, a charity I've long admired for their passion in supporting victims of trafficking, raising awareness of the dangers for young people travelling abroad and how to spot the signs that someone is trafficked. Bringing Freedom will receive 50% of profits made on any products featuring artwork from this scene.
In this scene, there's a section where Gabriella's hands have been tied up but someone has appeared to set her free. To me this is so symbolic of what Bringing Freedom is all about: setting people free from their bonds to their owners, both physically and emotionally. For once the victims are free there is an incredible amount of shame and low esteem they have to overcome, especially as they will often be rejected by their families if they were in sexual bondage.
Human trafficking is the second most profitable crime with over 45 million people held in slavery worldwide. Every 30 seconds another person becomes a victim of human trafficking. All it takes is a moment for an individual to be forced, coerced, or deceived into modern-day slavery. There are an estimated 14,000 victims currently in the UK.
In September 2014, 8 arrests were made in Devon and Cornwall linked to human trafficking and modern-day slavery. Police arrested 5 women, aged 26-34, and 3 men, aged 35-37, on suspicion of trafficking people into the UK for the purpose of labour exploitation. One victim was made to sleep in a cupboard. Czech nationals were rescued, including 13 children.
Bringing Freedom is a non-profit Christian based Cornish charity helping to end human trafficking & modern day slavery.
Bringing Freedom raises awareness about the dangers surrounding human trafficking and slavery through fundraising events and presentations to help teach people about being cautious when travelling, when applying for jobs and how to identify the signs of trafficking and slavery.
Bringing Freedom's vision is to raise enough funds to build safe houses in Cornwall. These safe houses will help restore the lives of victims of human trafficking, slavery, and sexual abuse by providing a home, counselling, education, everyday life skills and job training, with full guidance on their new direction in life. To keep ongoing contact with each individual after they leave Bringing Freedom's care, to show that Bringing Freedom's love for them is always there.