Cash on Delivery (C.O.D.): Selling Childhood

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.

Medium: Fabric dolls, briefcase, chain-link and padlocks March 2015