Sindiswa at the Sunflower Hospice in Bloemfontein before reunion with Elizabeth

The Question of Freedom

Posted on January 20, 2013

Melanie Hamman shares a photographic exploration of human trafficking in South Africa.

In both of these stories these two friends could have been considered to be ‘free’, and in the case of Elizabeth, was ‘freed’ and returned back home. However, I cannot fail to question this freedom. Due to their situation, both girls were forced into the snare of a trafficker, for lack  of options. With no other choices available to them — without education and knowledge about the world — they were forced to rely on others; relying on others in this case implied little freedom for these girls. For Elizabeth, who returned to the exact same situation she was in before she was trafficked in the first instance — now with a baby girl of her own — how free is she now and how free is her daughter?

Click here to download a copy of Overcoat Issue Four: Freedom.

Melanie Hamman is a graduate of the University of South Africa.

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