Human trafficking is a pernicious problem, with tentacles reaching everywhere from small-towns to big cities across Canada. Traffickers often operate with impunity, hiding in plain sight.

East Metro Youth Services operates a weekly support group for young survivors of human trafficking. As a form of therapy, participants were taught photography skills. They were asked to go out and take photographs representing their experiences.

On June 2nd at Bathurst Centre for Culture, Arts, Media and Education (918 Bathurst St), the resulting photos will be exhibited in Hold Still: The Stories of Youth Human Trafficking Survivors, featuring photographs taken by youth (aged 13-28) who have survived domestic human trafficking. Each photo will be up for silent auction, with all proceeds going to EMYS’ Gender-Based Violence (GBV) prevention program.

It’s time to hear these survivors. Find out more information and buy tickets here.