Street Art for Mankind (SAM) uses art to campaign against human trafficking. Its latest project includes a series of murals in New York City that represent the experiences of victims of modern slavery. The images are meant as an "allegory of the issue," not a direct representation of the individual victims.
This image tells the story of Henriette, who migrated from Togo to France at the age of 14. She told SAM that her parents had sent her there to work for a woman in return for education. However, she says she did not go to school, and instead spent almost five years working in the house, sleeping on the floor and eating leftovers. French artist, Jo Di Bona created the mural, located on Cliff Street.
This mural represents the problem of child labor in the fashion industry in Bangladesh. It tells the story of Bithi, who says she was sent to work in a factory at the age of 12, helping to make designer jeans. According to World Vision, who provided her account to SAM, she helped to make 480 pairs of jeans a day, for which she was paid just over $1. The mural on 28 Cliff Street was painted by Mexican street artist KinMx.
This mural represents the story of Melanie Thompson. She says she was just 12 years old when she was kidnapped and forced into prostitution in New York City. The mural was created by French artist Victor Ash, and can be found at 25 Bridge Street.