TOKYO-2019 Editorial / Personality

A Path Toward Healing: Human Trafficking

  • Prize
    Silver in Editorial/Personality
  • Company
    Matilde Simas
  • Photographer
    Matilde Simas
  • Technical Info
    1/1000 At F/2.5, 35mm, Conon Eos R
  • Photo Date
    September 2019

In the Philippines, children are sold into domestic servitude and the cybersex trade by human traffickers, who deceive them into believing that they will have a better life. They believe they are leaving their impoverished life for an opportunity to earn money, but instead become entangled in a nightmare. "A Path Toward Healing" aims to advocate for and alongside these survivors, amplifying their voices and documenting their healing— not just because it provides insight into their daily struggles, but also because they need to feel acknowledged in a society that stigmatizes them.

Award-winning freelance photographer, Matilde Simas is a storyteller, educator, and the founder of Capture Humanity. Specializing in crafting ethical visual storytelling content for academic and NGO's around the world. Matilde leverages the power of visual storytelling to inform, provoke discussions, and inspire action. She achieves this by public speaking and exhibiting her work in museums, galleries, and public spaces. Her work on human trafficking has been widely exhibited by various UN agencies.