An exhibition and public presentation around human trafficking and forced labor in the USA. Human trafficking, sexual slavery and forced labor, once thought of as international crimes, are now recognized as serious domestic issues, with thousands of cases reported each year across the USA.
As a Midwestern transportation hub, Chicago is a focal point for criminals looking to profit off of slave labor. This ease of access, in combination with large vulnerable populations of undocumented immigrants and impoverished, at risk youth, has made human trafficking and forced labor a pressing local problem. Despite engaged and progressive law enforcement at the local, county and federal level, Chicago still lacks necessary resources to provide immediate care for those fleeing brutal, violent forms of bondage. Only one safe house exists to serve the entire city.
In May of 2014, Board members Nina Alvarez, Nina Berman, Jon Lowenstein along with artist Michael Genovese, mounted an exhibition and public presentation at Arts Works projects around the issue of human trafficking and forced labor. Over 100 people were in attendance including several NGOs working on the issue.