Cash on Delivery (C.O.D.): Selling Childhood
There are over 27M slaves in the world today and the average age of a girl being trafficked is 12 -14 years of age. The average global price for another human being is $90 (Ksh. 8,100).
A human life is worth Ksh. 8,100.
Cash on Delivery (C.O.D.): Selling Childhood is about the commodification of the lives of children. The dolls wear innocent happy faces, a contrast against the hard chains and padlocks that bind them. These young girls, represented by the dolls, are traded for work as domestic servants (housegirls) to sex workers (prostitutes).
Human trafficking is a business that generates about $32B annually, with about 13M children traded – nearly half of the total population of humans sold. Each doll is chained to the next to represent the interconnectedness of the human trafficking trade. The black briefcase usually carries wads of cash, in this case, these wads are interchangeable with the lives of many young girls.
The average global price for another human being is $90 (Ksh. 8,100).
Medium: Fabric dolls, briefcase, chain-link and padlocks
This installation was created for HAART – Kenya.
About HAART – Kenya:
Awareness Against Human Trafficking (HAART) is a nongovernmental organization working to end human trafficking in Kenya. Visit: http://haartkenya.org for more info.