In You We Trust
In You We Trust is a collaboration between artists Jen Rose and Marian Lefeld in an effort to bring awareness to the epidemic of sex trafficking of children in the United States. The sex trade is the world’s fastest growing illegal industry today, gaining ground and surpassing that of illegal drugs. Studies cited by law enforcement and advocacy groups conservatively estimate that 100,000 children are enslaved in the sex trade in the United States. Many of these children are homeless or runaways.
The Dallas Independent School District reports that six thousand of its students are homeless and studies from the National District Attorneys Association estimate that one out of every three children will be approached by a pimp within 48 hours of being on the street. Staggeringly, this means that two-thousand children are potentially sold each year in Dallas county alone. We created an art installation to bring attention to this social issue and open pathways for discussion and awareness to a wider public.
Keeping the number “2000” in mind the artists created two thousand gold coins representing the number of children trafficked on the Dallas Streets. The coins are six inches in diameter and made from clay. The coins represent the practice of using children as currency. In You We Trust gives a visual form to the statistics and it is powerful to realize that each coin represents a child. The word “You” in In You We Trust is a call of the audience to action and not to turn a blind eye to human trafficking.
We saved a large portion of the coins to be used in a traveling exhibit to raise awareness of sex trafficking in the United States. In October 2017 we shared our project with College of the Redwoods in Eureka, CA and started conversations about trafficking in Northern California. Contact us if you are interested in hosting In You We Trust at your gallery or institution.
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