This mural in the Northern Samar region of the Philippines depicts different types of modern slavery, including child trafficking and forced sexual exploitation. Unfortunately very little is known about this mural, including the date it was created or the artist. The central figure is depicted as an evil human trafficker who does whatever he can to keep himself happy. At the side we see the sad faces of several children and one child buries their head in their hands.
This mural was created by Plan International in 2010 with the help of children from the local community as part of the organisation's Learn Without Fear campaign. The campaign works to end violence in schools and ensure that children can attend school. The mural is situated on a wall near the main port on the Masbate Island in the Philippines, ensuring that visitors to the island see the mural as the disembark boats and ferries. The piece protests against human trafficking and shows scenes of children being taken away from their families in exchange for money. These children are trafficked into slavery, with images of young girls in little clothing to highlight sexual exploitation and young boys carrying sacks over their shoulders to symbolise forced labour.With this mural, Plan International tried to discourage people from sending their children to work or selling them to traffickers. Instead the organisation encourages people to send children to school and stresses that education is crucial to escaping poverty.
This mural was created by students of the Don Vicente Rama Memorial National High School with those involved with the organisation Good Shepherd, which supports vulnerable women and children. In Cebu City, the organisation has a Welcome House that was established in 2007 and takes in women and children who are survivors of human trafficking and sexual exploitation. This drop-in centre provides women and children with a safe space to discuss their experiences, receive food and get help.The piece is on the wall of The Shepherd's Heart Cafe, which aims to empower beneficiaries of Good Shepherd by providing them with work and training. Initially the cafe was set up by the organisation with the help of Peace Corps volunteers Amelia Kent and Roy Adam, before being taken over and run fully by beneficiaries of the organisation. Unfortunately, as of 2018, the cafe is permanently closed. This mural highlights the economic motive behind slavery and stresses how people are sold for the profit of others. On the left hand-side, a woman sits in a pile of money, while two hands shake below her. The innocence of the young girl who is crying on the right is emphasised by the doll she is holding and her school uniform.
The production of this mural was headed by the Inter-Agency Council Against Trafficking, who worked with the city government of Davao, Habitat for Humanity, Philippine Women's College and Davies Paints to bring the piece to life. Around 60 artists came together to create the mural along the walls of the Southern Philippines Medical Centre, which had been designed by students of the PWC.It was created to commemorate the International Day Against Child Trafficking on 12th December 2016. The project involved the wider community to raise awareness of human trafficking and violence against women and children. The theme of the mural was 'Let our children be: Let's end Human Trafficking'.
In commemoration of Mambajao’s 160th founding anniversary on 6th July 2015, the Department of Labour and Employment (DOLE 10) and the Local Government Unit (LGU) hosted a mural painting competition. The aim was to raise awareness of child slavery and modern slavery in an area that was frequented by tourists and locals. This was an important moment for the island, which was been declared a “Child Labor-Free Province” in 2012.Around 20 children from four different schools came together to paint this mural and were inspired by the International Labour Organisation's (ILO) "YES to education. NO to child labour" policy, as ensuring children are enrolled in schools is an important effort in the prevention of child slavery and child labour. The winners of the competition were Tupsan National High School (4th Place), Fatima College of Camiguin (3rd Place), Mambajao National High School (2nd Place) and Yumbing National High School (1st Place). Unfortunately, as of 2017, the mural had been destroyed.