Sometimes it’s hard to understand that slavery still exists in our world because we don’t see it with our own eyes in our daily lives. Sometimes it’s hard to understand living as a slave when we ourselves never have, let alone imagining that our vary neighbors could be living that kind of nightmare. 

A friend pointed me to this article that I have copied into this post below. This article is full of photographs that serve as a powerful reminder of how real and how DAILY slavery is for many people. Remember and fight.


Even though many of us likely imagine that slavery is a relic of the ancient past, the practice is alive and well. Since 2009, photographer Lisa Kristine has been documenting those caught up in the barbaric trade. Her images are shocking, powerful, in-your-face. Yet they are also dignified portraits of those with no choice. “No matter how dire, how hard their experience of life has been because of their suffering as a slave, these people still have dignity, sensitivity, humanness and beauty,” she said on the phone from her home in California, shortly before another trip saw her head off to southeast Asia. “These images are not intended to be spectacles of horror; they’re intended to engage people in connecting so we realize we’re all brothers and sisters.” Here, take a look at 17 of Kristine’s astonishingly powerful photographs.
Here, watch Lisa Kristine’s TED Talk, Photos that bear witness to modern slavery — and three other TED Talks that tackle the topic:
For more of Lisa Kristine’s work, see


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