PUBLISHED: 15:28 18 March 2009 | UPDATED: 10:08 12 August 2010
A COUNCILLOR plans to expose the extent of modern day slavery in a photography exhibition. Lewisham councillor Pete Pattisson is launching the exhibition
A COUNCILLOR plans to expose the extent of modern day slavery in a photography exhibition.
Lewisham councillor Pete Pattisson is launching the exhibition Forgotten But Not Gone next Tuesday at Downham Leisure Centre - the 202nd anniversary of Britain's abolition of the Transatlantic Slave Trade.
His photographs capture the plight of some of the 12 million men, women and children who are trapped in slavery in worldwide, including India, Haiti, Ghana, Burma and the UK.
Mr Pattisson said: "When people hear the word 'slavery' they often think of something that happened many years ago, but at least 12 million men, women and children are still enslaved today, victims of extreme exploitation and violence.
"Slavery may be forgotten, but it's not yet gone."
The Liberal Democrat took the photographs before he became a councillor when visiting the slums of Haiti's capital Port-au-Prince.
The country was the first to free itself from slavery, yet thousands of children are still enslaved as child domestic workers.
He then travelled to Ghana to investigate ritual slavery, India to document bonded labour, and was smuggled into Burma to photograph the victims of the military regime's forced labour camps.
But slavery is not just a distant problem, Pete also photographed some of the 5,000 people who are trafficked into slavery in the UK each year.
The exhibition takes place until April 4 at the Leisure Centre in Moorside Road, Downham.
Call 020 3049 1980 for more information.