Pinay photographer raises awareness on human trafficking

CHICAGO - Xyza Bacani, a former domestic worker in Hong Kong turned street and documentary photographer recently visited Chicago where she met her fans with one mission in mind.

“Labor trafficking is everywhere,” said Bacani. “We have no idea that we’re talking to a victim, and most of the time they themselves don’t even know they are victims,” she said.

Bacani now works for Redux, a photo agency in New York that represents high-caliber photographers worldwide.

“I want to raise awareness that [human trafficking] is actually happening, we just tend to ignore it,” she said. “I know there are a lot of caregivers and migrant workers here that only want to work properly for their families,” she said.

According to the National Human Trafficking Resource Center, in the United States alone there are already 6,000 calls received.

Through photography, Bacani believes in educating migrant workers one photograph at a time.

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