The International Labour Organisation (ILO) estimates that there are more than 2.5 million victims of modern day slavery, and women make up the majority of this number. According to Amnesty International, women represent 80% of the victims of human trafficking, of whom nearly 50% are minors. The types of exploitation are numerous: sexual, forced labour, domestic slavery…
Women are all the more vulnerable in situations where they have little protection. The countries of South and South-East Asia as well as those of Central Europe and the ex-USSR are the principal purveyors of these modern day slaves. Although abduction is the most common route into slavery, women are also sold by their own families or entrapped into joining the networks of traffickers.
Armed conflicts exacerbate discriminatory and violent behaviour towards women. In Lebanon, Jordan and Turkey, numerous camps of Syrian refugees have emerged. These refugees provide easy prey for networks on the lookout for ‘merchandise’. In Nigeria, in the Darfur region of western Sudan and in the Democratic Republic of Congo, women and girls are subject to abductions carried out to provide their kidnappers with sexual or domestic slaves.
Chaired by Monique Villa, the 8th edition of the Carmignac photojournalism Award aims to make visible these forms of modern day slavery, by supporting a project with the potential to become a tool for reflection and concrete change in the fight against the trafficking of women.
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- Monique Villa CEO of the Thomson Reuters Foundation and founder of Trust Women
- Elizabeth Avedon independent curator specialized in photography
- Olivier Laurent editor-in-chief of Time Lightbox
- Narciso Contreras laureate of the 7th edition of Carmignac Award
- Francesca Fabiani director of Special Projects for the MiBAC, Italy
- Thierry Grillet chief Curator of BNF
- Elisabeth Quin journalist, writer and Arte TV Presenter (28 Minutes)
The Trap -Trafficking of Women in Nepal,
Editions Skira Paris,192 pages