It is said that in Sindhupalchok, Nepal, you can tell which household has sold a daughter, or lost a mother by looking at the rooftops of the village. The ones with the corrugated tin as opposed to the traditional timber and slate indicate that a sacrifice has been made. A selfless act to try and better the family’s situation.
The unaffectionate nickname given to these women who gave their lives is ‘Tin Girls’.
I travelled to Nepal and stayed with the families of survivors of trafficking who hope that by sharing their stories may help break the social stigma around trafficking and prevent it from happening to others. I hope that my photographs reflect the respect and admiration I have for these women and their family’s.
|daughter of trafficked woman|
|the whole family often share one bed|
|Susma returned to Nepal HIV positive|
|agriculture in the Himalayas is suffering due to global warming|
|"he was two years old when I left him"|
|work and conditions are harsh for the women in the mountains|
|sisters sing bollywood song|
|letter sent home from woman in Saudi|
|most women are recruited by 'agents' who offer them enough to pay for their child's education|