This is an entry for the Not for Sale Contest [link]
The image is about how little children (all right, girls in this case especially) are being sold as slaves to whoever. It can happen that they are being sold by their own parents directly to the "enduser", but in most of the cases these children have to undergo several sales.
I have especially been inspired by the book "Shantaram" by Gregory David Roberts [link]
I've (partially, it's a huge book and for some reason it took me far more time than expected, I read far faster normally) read during the christmas holidays. All right, I don't have it here, so I can't quote it directly; I'll have to say it in my own words.
So the protagonist is being taken by his guide to the dark places of the city (Bombay). One of these dark places is a "people's market". It's basically a place somewhere in the little back streets of Bombay where a slave market is taking place. There are several children seated on a bench, hugging each other or just staring straight ahead. Somewhere in front of them are groups of man, being served tea and talking, bargaining the prices of those little children. After some time somebody clapps his hands and a little girl stands up and starts dancing. This action brings the attention of the men to spark up again...
So I decided to draw that little girl dancing there in the dark corner between buildings somewhere in the back streets of a huge city that is totally oblivious to the girls very existence.
Following logic, this girl is probably going to be sold as a sex slave to somebody, if she is lucky she'll be a household slave instead. The book said that the boys being sold there would probably go to be camel jockeys in Saudi Arabia until they were to old, crippled or dead.
The book also stated that most of the children being sold at that specific market had been sold by their own parents so that they have a better
chance of staying alive. Basically, they come from catastrophe stroken regions in India and the surrounding countries. Their parents have seen their siblings die in these catastrophes or from the hunger and thirst after these catastrophes took place.
The saddest thing about this is: it's actually true. With a bit of research (like going through the links in this article: [link]
) you can see that children being sold into slavery often come from poor families in even poorer regions struggeling to stay alive. Selling these childrens into slavery gives the parents a better chance at keeping their siblings alive as well as keeping that particular child alive. The scars on the soul of these children can't be seen directly, but at least they are still alive and didn't die of malnutrition... But is that any better in the end?
There are more books about this out there in the stores. I haven't read most of the studies, I think they are just too depressing for me to take in right now. But if you have a look at the (auto)biography section of every good bookshop, you'll find literally dozens of books written by former modern-day-slaves coming from Africa or Asia. And often enough the authors of these books ended up in slavery because their parents or relatives thought it would allow them a better life.
I used this photo [link]
as a refernce for the pose.