This illustration was created by me today and is inspired by this week's Illustration Friday Theme: "Identical".
I drew two very similar girls, the main difference being is one seems like she could be a standard daughter, and the other looks as if she could be a prostitute. The idea behind the drawing is to bring out our pre-conceived thoughts that we have about girls and women who are trapped in prostitution... they are victims of sexual exploitation, and we need to recognize this. The difference between these two girls pictured here is simple: one had a good upbringing, and the other was sexually abused as a young child, and it only got worse from there.
To learn more about the statistics behind sexually exploited women and sex trafficking right here in OUR country, in OUR towns, happening to people we may very well know, please visit Breaking Free, an organization devoted to helping sexually exploited women and girls "break free" of the oppressive, abusive, and down-right horrible prison that is prostitution. Based in Saint Paul, MN, this fantastic, non-for-profit organization began in 1995 by Vednita Carter.
Suziblu is a wonderful artist that I have personally followed for years. She is stepping up to the plate, donating her time and services as a teacher, mentor, and friend to these women and girls by helping them escape through the healing and empowering force that is art. She is looking for any help as far as art journals, supplies, etc. which will enable these females to stop looking at themselves as things to be bought and used, and begin to know themselves as artists, as beautiful women, as FREE. Learn more about what she's doing to help here.