2018-01-12 / Community

Exhibit on human trafficking to share space

Join Engine and Just a Moment Gallery 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 12 for a reception for “Bought & Sold: Voices of Human Trafficking,” which features works by Kay Chernush, a photographer and the founder of ArtWorks for Freedom, a nonprofit advocacy organization based in Washington, D.C. The exhibition runs from Jan. 12 through Feb. 17 and will be split between two exhibition spaces, Engine located at 128 Main St. and Just A Moment Gallery at 40 Main St. in the Pepperell Mill Center.

ArtWorks for Freedom uses art to raise awareness about modern day slavery and human trafficking.

The idea for the show is credited to Biddeford resident Louise Merriman, a volunteer with Hope Rising, Maine’s first residential treatment program and safe house for survivors of human trafficking. While numbers of trafficked individuals in Maine aren’t as high as other parts of the country, Engine Director Tammy Ackerman was dismayed to learn that many of the local victims are at-risk young girls in high school who are befriended by young men. Ackerman started researching artists who might be creating work around this topic and discovered ArtWorks for Freedom in Washington, D.C.

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