Hidden

As the fastest growing criminal industry, human trafficking is present in every country; resulting in, estimated 21 million victims worldwide. The images in this exhibit are of 12 women, from 4 different nationalities who have been rescued from the horrors of the trafficking world and are in the healing process. In collaboration with the survivors, Matilde Simas worked to provide a forum for healing through art. In this portrait series "Hidden" low lighting was used to evoke a mood of deception and secrecy that has been endured. In a pure example of courage, many of these woman chose to hide their faces to protect their identity.