NEW YORK—Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, actress Emma Thompson, and supporters of the Helen Bamber Foundation opened an art exhibit on Tuesday that explores the grim realities of human trafficking.
“Journey,” is an art installation depicting the journey typical of some women in the sex industry who are victims of human trafficking.
The exhibit is comprised of seven shipping containers each telling the personal story of a woman who was trafficked into sexual slavery. Each container depicts a different stage of the brutal reality experienced by the women.
“People just don’t want to know about this issue—it’s hidden, it’s criminal, it’s perverse, and yes, it’s happening right on your own doorstep,” said Thompson. “Journey is a remarkable piece of collaborative, creative, and confrontational art that profoundly challenges people’s perspective. Come and see it for yourself and then tell us if you agree.”
The exhibit is on Washington Place, near Washington Square Park. The exhibit will be open from Tuesday, Nov. 10 until Sunday, Nov. 15.
In 2006, Mayor Bloomberg convened the New York City-Anti Human Trafficking Task Force, which coordinates the work of the police officers, prosecutors and service providers who combat the human trafficking that is depicted in the exhibit.
“Journey brings human trafficking out of the shadows and I hope its arrival in New York will raise awareness among New Yorkers of this heinous form of exploitation and help combat it,” said Mayor Bloomberg. “Our administration has used coordinated enforcement, tough new laws, and partnerships with service providers to fight human trafficking.”
The seven containers, each depicting a different stage of human trafficking, are titled: Hope, Journey, Uniform, Bedroom, Customer, Stigma, and Resurrection.
The hours of operation are: Tuesday, Nov. 10 – Friday, Nov. 13 from Noon through 8:00 p.m.; Saturday, Nov. 14 from 11:00 a.m. through 7:00 p.m.; and Sunday, Nov. 15 from 10:00 a.m. through 3:00 p.m.
Journey is produced in partnership with the City of New York and the City of London.