Monday, January 24, 2011
The Candy Shop is about 30 minutes in length, and tells the story of sexual exploitation and forced prostitution through fantastical imagery and metaphor. Set in the dirty thirties, a boy notices that an evil man is snatching girls off the street and transforming them into lollipops for sale at his candy store. The storyline is complemented by creative costumes and a nostalgic set.
I have seen plenty of films about sex trafficking, and I have to say this is one of my new favourites. Most films and books are from the point of view of the victim of trafficking or the john making a purchase, but the Candy Shop shows us the process of manipulation that experienced traffickers use to lure young boys into the business of selling flesh.
I cannot even imagine the whirlwind of thoughts running through these young boys’ minds when they are presented with the chance to run such a business.
Opportunity. Money. Fear. Temptation. Seduction. Pride. Power. Doubt.
More than anything, this film reminded me that boys need role models. Though many traffickers are downright greedy and have no regard for human life, others are just a product of the pressures they face and the manipulation they’ve endured.
Whitestone Motion Pictures has done a fantastic job with this film, from beginning to end!
(Taken from the Hope For the Sold Blog: http://www.hopeforthesold.com/film-review-the-candy-shop-documentary/)
Tuesday, December 7, 2010
Saturday, August 21, 2010
(Outline drawing for outer wall painting)
(The day arrives! We have setup on the sidewalk directly infront of Kiev City Hall)
(Entrance to The Delilah Story - the cycle of slavery)
(Abuse - Verbal, physical, emotional and sexual abuse. The end of innocence. Her identity lost.)
(Sculputure by Joan Kim)
(Painting by Pearl Sangster)
(Control - Abuse is an outward manifestation of inner pain.)
(Hardening - Numbing the pain. Masking the wounds. Only the strong survive.)
(Abuse and Confusion - The unraveling of the man's childhood tainted with abuse and confusion. His conflicting ideas of love based on the father figure in his life.)
Every child is born innocent. A daddy's girl, a mommy's boy. With dreams of a bright and beautiful future. This is Delilah's story.
(Exit view and comment wall view)
Sunday, August 1, 2010
Creating an interactive installation art to be on display in a public space in order to raise awareness on the issue of sexual slavery.
To unveil the unseen reality of sexual slavery* through the journey of not only the female sex worker but also the journey of the male perpetrator, highlighting the fact that they are both victims of an unending cycle.
*Sexual slavery defines all instances of sexual servitude, whether by choice or by coercion.
For users to walk away with their eyes opened towards the unseen reality they encounter on a daily basis so much so that they will be unable to ignore the blatant sexualization and devaluing of females in society.
Project Specifications ::
Here is the initial blue print we came up with for The Delilah Project
Size – 7m x 7m
Materials – Plywood or Dry wall (1.5m x 2.5m each)
Project Breakdown ::
The project will be broken down into 7 sections as follows;
1.Innocence (of a young girl)
2.Abuse and sexualization
3.Victimization and choice
4.Slavery vs power
6.Abuse and confusion
7.Innocence (of a young boy)
The first 3 sections will potray the journey of a young girl into sexual slavery whilst the last 3 unravel the confusion behind the male pepertrator. Section 4 intersects with the culmination of both journies as the two lives converge.
Each section will be labelled with a sheet on the floor and partitioned off by a curtain of some sort.
Section 1 :: Innocence (of a young girl)
This section potrays the innocence of a young girl, her dreams and fantasies as a child about meeting her prince charming, the purity of youth and the hopes of what the future holds.
Every child is born innocent. A daddy's girl, a mommy's boy. With dreams of a bright and beautiful future. This is Delilah's story.
When I grow up…
When will my Prince Charming come?
I am beautiful?
Section 2 :: Abuse and Sexualization
Potrays the abuse that happens at a young age and the exposure to sexual material, warping the ideals and sense of worth of females.
Verbal, physical, emotional and sexual abuse. The end of innocence. Her identity lost.
Did I do something wrong?
Is this who I am?
Section 3 – Sexualization
What is a woman? What is her worth?
Need to be better. Need to be smarter. Need to be prettier. Need to be slimmer. Need to be successful. Need to escape
Section 4 – Escape
Potraying the desire to escape from the abuse (and the cycle) and taking the risk to pursue an education and/or job opportunity but ultimately ending up in sexual slavery. Emphasizing the question “Is it ever a choice to sell oneself?”
What is your choice?
My Way Out (exit)
Career (work/ job)
A great job. A unique opportunity abroad. They promise lots of money. But they take away your passport . And they sell you into slavery.
A handsome husband. What a charming man. He says he loves you. But he lies. And he sells you into slavery.
Good education. A bright future. But the costs are high. The circumstances don’t allow. You have no choice. And you sell yourself into slavery.
Is there really a choice?
Section 5 :: Slavery and Power
The intersection of two lives, one as the victim and the other as the abuser. Potrays the contrast of power, control and submission.
75% of sex workers attempt suicide
Section 5a – Slavery
10,000 Ukrainians have been trafficked abroad since 1991 – International Organization of Migration (IOM)
Section 5b – Control
Abuse is an outward manifestation of inner pain
I beat her into obedience, until I get my money’s worth
Section 5 :: Harderning
Shows the hardening process of the man, and how he becomes the person that he never wanted to become but surcumbed to in order to survive.
I Don't Care. Why Me? My life is worthless. I give up. I can't do this. I feel numb
Section 6 :: Abuse and Confusion
The unraveling of the man's childhood tainted with abuse and confusion. His conflicting ideas of love based on the father figure in his life.
Mommy and daddy love each other
I will never be like him
Section 7 :: Innocence (of a young boy)
Encountering the innocence of young boys, their dreams and hopes and their love for their mother. Drives in the fact that even the pepertrators are victims themselves.
I love you mommy
I want to be strong so I can take care of Mommy
Who is Delilah?
It could be your sister, your mother, your child, your friend, your neighbour. It could be you.
Ukraine provides one of the largest supply of slaves in Eastern Europe. The youngest rescued victim is 3, the oldest is 74 - IOM
An estimated 27 million people are currently enslaved worldwide. 88% of that are women and children.
1 million children are forced into sexual slavery each year
2 children are sold every minute
We made it to Kiev last Friday, July 7 and got settled into our apartments. Sorry for the lack of update. Internet cafes aren't cheap.
Though our hearts are still broken for the kids in Albania, we're pressing through and channeling that energy into our work in Ukraine. While we're here we'll be doing everything in our power to make an impact on the counter-trafficking movement in Ukraine. We're gathering all the information we can, interviewing people every chance we get, and brainstorming like crazy hoping to pull it all together in some sort of documentary and installation art piece.
Here is our vision:
We have no idea what this portion of the outreach will be like
For Sure it will be different from the first half
But in many ways also the same
In Pogradec we learned.
We learned way more than most of us wanted to know
We learned way more than most of us know what to do with.
We are a Justice Arts Media and Music DTS
All of us have expressed, in some way, the desire to tell a story through our gifts
And we all have gifts.
This may be the most gifted team that has come through I.Net
We have packed into our minds the tragic, yet somehow hopeful stories of 30 some kids that we all have fallen in love with
Stories that, I believe, have determined in some way, the destiny of each of our lives
Let’s begin to tell their stories using our God given inspiration.
I fell strongly that Ukraine will be the time that we step into our JAMM title more fully
In Pogradec, we had Judy to bring us into the story of the kids and give us incredible insight into their unjust realities
Her we will mostly have ourselves
This will call for an extra measure of iniative and boldness to step into the dark places
To ask the hard questions in order to gain insight into the story of trafficking in Ukraine
This is why we came
It’s our Go given responsibility to tell the story
I am thinking Victor Malarek style
We have Emma, Bekki who edit video
Steph and Audrey who are gifted in multimedia and graphic design
Kate, Janet and Kyle who take emotion capturing photos that tell a story of their own
We have Ben who is a gifted writer
The Dutchies who have a unique boldness about them that make it easier to meet the right people
I am learning the art of asking the right questions to find out the necessary info to tell a story
Lizzy tells stories through her songwriting
Pearl just needs a canvas to portray beauty through the brokenness of a victim
Joan can articulate in great detail with her sketches of people and places
Christina will bring a prophetic edge to whatever message we have
And all of us have proven that we have nothing for hope for the oppressed
Perhaps this month can be about focusing on how to best tell the stories
The stories of Gino and Demir and Dezi
And the stories we will seek out here
The stories of real names
Real people whose lives are the injustices we read in books
Let’s live up to our JAMM name and tell the story of God’s justice as we’ve found it in Eastern Europe
We never know far it might travel and what ears might hear it
We will knock on the doors of NGO’s, orphanages, police stations, night clubs, brothels in order to find out what we need to know
It’s our chance to be part of their hope
So let’s disrupt the rhythym of evil here in Kyiv so that imagination can breathe!
(written by Sue V.).
"I have many people in this city."
Sunday, July 18, 2010
Instantly recognizing the intensity of sexualization of women in this city and knowing that Ukraine has a high trafficking rate we found ourselves surrounded and in the middle, identifying the many connections between this issue, alcohol and drug usage and the fact that Ukraine has the fastest growing infection rate for HIV.
One of the outreach ministries that we are connected to here is with Teen Challenge. Every Tuesday they go out, first to a Methadone Clinic (well, outside the clinic, as they are not allowed in) and then to the main train station for the purpose of building relationships, providing of limited medical care and handing out invites to addicts and the homeless for a coffee house Teen Challenge puts on the following night. The purpose of the coffee house is to share of God’s love and salvation for all and as well in hopes of helping men and women with their addiction through their own rehab centre.
We also have the opportunity to tag along with our translator and visit a women she has befriended, who has sadly contracted the virus of HIV through her lifestyle as a prostitute. She is currently 47 years old and only this year through a friend, came to accept that Gods love is for her as well. She recognizes that it is only through God’s strength that she has been able to quit many of her habits, including selling of her body for money. She noted that in her past there had been many times where, if she could have, would have left this industry and stopped her addiction to drugs.
These are just a couple ministries that we are connected with here.
One of our biggest excitements, that ties everything together, is our combined vision for Kyiv and for Albania – to spread awareness of Human Trafficking. We are a group of many talents – art, design, media, photography, and music and a heart for those effected by injustice. It is our hope and plan to use all these things, to research and investigate as much as we can about this issue here in Kyiv and combine it all into a presentation to present to the people here in Kyiv and to each of our own contacts and Churches back home in our many countries.
I am so excited about what God is doing in this group, in this city and in this vision. Before arriving we were not sure how we would fill our days and now the time is flying by with our many activities and brainstorming sessions.
I’m especially excited about the idea of an instillation art design piece in the main centre of Kyiv to put on display during the final weekend we are here, as well as a final documentary of all we have learned and experienced, sharing of the many personal stories we have encountered.
We have less than 3 weeks left already and they are going to fly by. Please continue to pray for the group, for strength, courage, boldness and for patience. Pray for open doors and please pray for a blanket of safety and protection over this group.
Til’ the next time, blessings ☺