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MISSING is an award winning anti-trafficking campaign using art & technology to create awareness against sex trafficking

Missing Link Trust is a non-profit organization based in Kolkata. Using Art and Technology for Social Change. Working locally and globally, the campaign is transforming public perceptions, educating individuals, communities and policy makers, and inspiring action to put an end to modern day slavery.

Two girls are trafficked every hour in India. The average age of these girls is 12 today

Missing saves girls through Awareness. Awareness = Prevention.

We do it in an engaging way, like our award winning mobile game, public art installations, interactive murals, educating students through school awareness programs and creating youth leaders. Our work enables us to reach both urban and rural India.

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trafficking mobile game
People questioned where she had gone and how she had disappeared, but no one had any answers. In rural India where societies can still be very conservative, topics like child trafficking are often ignored. 

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top human trafficking organizations
He showered her with fancy promises of commitment, and they got married. He planned on taking her for their honeymoon to New Delhi. Little did she know, that he was going to sell her into the trade of sex trafficking in G.B. Road – one of the most bustling red-light districts within India’s capital. 

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missing Leena Kejriwal
She was an innocent fourteen year old, and this was very traumatizing for her, so that very day, she escaped. She gathered some courage and climbed out of the window, running for her life. 

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design thinking trafficking
he had coerced her to take up a job at a massage parlour, and within a few days, she discovered that it was a front, for a mob­-run prostitution ring. But it was too late by then..

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missing Leena Kejriwal
On the 7th of January, 2014, Karishma had managed to make a phone call to her home district. She had been missing for over 120 days, but there was still a ray of warm hope that existed within her.

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ngo for human trafficking in Kolkata
After an entire year, she managed to plan her escape. Luckily, she had a customer who fancied her and wanted to marry her. 

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Art is Activism

“During my career as a photographer, I was hit by a very important issue – sex trafficking. Today, there are 3 million prostituted women in India, out of which 1.2 million are young girls. The average age of recruitment of girls into prostitution is between 9 and 12 years of age. These are disturbing statistics. When I first started working with NGOs like Hamari Muskan and New Light as an artist, I dealt with the issue by creating complicated installations within gallery spaces that brought up the dark realities of sex trafficking in a very graphic way. But this did not seem right. To create mass awareness, I realised I needed to distill the issue into a simple, engaging piece of art that spoke to everyone and transcended language and space. That is when my public art project MISSING emerged. MISSING was finally launched to great reviews at the India Art Fair in January 2014.”

Leena Kejriwal,
Artist and Founder of #MISSING

Artist’s Statement

The work is larger than life black silhouettes of young girls placed against the urban skyline. Constructed from iron sheets, forged and painted pitch black, they seem like sharp, black cut out of the sky. Holes, into which, millions of girls disappear from the face of the earth. These expanded forms act as memorials to these young girls who have disappeared, vanished into thin air. It is hoped that these emblematic silhouettes generate curiosity, recognition and finally a sense of deep loss, recovering them to from the abyss of the sky. A recovery that inspires millions of others to act on behalf of the fate of those who have disappeared and are alluded by justice.

The symbols of missing; larger-than-life black silhouettes of young girls against urban backdrops, which look like sharp, black cut outs of the sky – holes into which millions of girls disappear from the face of the earth into the dark world of prostitution.

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