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Real Men Don't Buy Girls

Irish Men unite against sex-trafficking

'Real Men Don't Buy Girls' is the message of a major social media campaign being launched by the Immigrant Council of Ireland to highlight sex-trafficking and the early age at which many girls enter into prostitution.

The campaign is aiming to use high profile men from Irish music, sport and the arts to create greater awareness amongst young men about trafficking both in Ireland and abroad.


The Client

Photograph 006 © Pedro Medeiros, Human Commodity 2011

This picture assumes the purpose of interpreting the limits of use of the body in the sexual exploitation of women victims of human trafficking. The bizarre scenario of a freezer in a butcher’s, excessive in flesh and blood, represents the daily sacrifice of the victims against their oppressors and their customers. We are facing the fear, the pain and death. The severed flesh, cruelly exposed is the last frontier of a constrained sexuality.


The Muzzle

Photograph 007 © Pedro Medeiros, Human Commodity 2011

The exposition of a caged woman with a muzzle represents the silence of the victims, their depersonalization and state of emptiness. The muzzle, object of security or gag commonly used on animals, transcends its meaning here because it intends to question our silence as citizens able to engage in the issues of denunciation of crimes of human trafficking. The interpretation of this image should be done in an exercise of co-responsibility between the audience and the photographic subject. 


In Traffic

Photograph 005 © Pedro Medeiros, Human Commodity 2011

This work interprets the situation of female human trafficking victims while goods in traffic, circulating  through trafficking routes. The photography shows a disposable body accepting its next destination on a coerced and silenced way. The scenario presents us with several boxes and lockers which together create an allegory about victims’ trapped memories.


Slavers Market

Photograph 004 © Pedro Medeiros, Human Commodity 2011

In this picture we are confronted with a scenario where the weight of a man is assessed. By taking the act of weighing a body, the image interprets on the one hand the practices used on the old slave markets (physical condition and slave’s ability; ideal weight ration) by the other hand questions the actual situation of victims of human trafficking for labour exploitation – the so-called “New Slaves”.


The Sleep

Photograph 003 © Pedro Medeiros, Human Commodity 2011

This picture presents us a woman sleeping on steel shelves in a place usually destined to the placement of luggage, bags and travel equipment. The image suggests us a state of rest but actually as we internalize the surrounding atmosphere, we find a woman, who in a fetal position remains in an oppressed sleep. This fictional location questions the circumstances in which victims are trafficked and reduced to the condition of property by their oppressors.


The Warehouse

Photograph 002 © Pedro Medeiros, Human Commodity 2011

In this image there is a woman on the bench of a goods warehouse. Her body assumes the lifeless character of the goods themselves, transmuting in an easily and accessible good itself, in an article that we can all consume in exchange for money. Her body has a matter of disposable existence invites the audience to reflect about the true value of human life, about the ethic questions and the dignity we all should preserve.