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Cassandra Simonetti

Santa Sabina College

Artwork title
Precious cargo
HSC year
2009
ARTEXPRESS year
2010
Expressive form
Sculpture
Artist’s statement

This anthropoidal set of luggage is intended to create awareness of the ever-growing issue of human trafficking, an activity that is contrary to the most fundamental of human rights. Human trafficking is the exploitation of the poor into slavery; it encompasses bribery, corruption, prostitution, exploitation, fraud and abuse. It is one of the fastest-growing crimes in the 'globalised’ world. Corruption thrives in this multi-billion-dollar industry. People become marketable products, epitomising the indifference surrounding human trafficking and the inhumane treatment of its victims.