No Chains in Today’s Slavery

Photographing Modern Slavery

When thinking of slavery many people immediately think chains. In modern times this image is far from being accurate. Using such images gives a false impression and prevents people from seeing the real indicators of slavery that could be happening in their full view. Rather than physical restraint, slavery today is enforced through psychological coercion. Misrepresentation can have a harmful impact on survivors preventing them from being able to access the services they need and even re-traumatising them. It is important that in telling the story of slavery the dignity of survivors is upheld and facts are not sensationalised. A recently released publication from the University of Nottingham, Photographing Modern Slavery, aims to present a comprehensive set of guidelines for responsible image usage. Read more…

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