The “The Ten Faces of Patriarchy” highlights how children are always told to listen to their adults and follow what they say. Each face represents an archetype from Indian society. One of our survivors, Jaya, was trafficked because she listened to her elderly neighbor who said that she would take Jaya to the city for a better life but instead sold her. Jaya was naive and believed her because that’s what we are told to do – blindly listen to our adults!
Another mural highlighted how girls are sold at prices much lower than what we pay for our everyday groceries. The fact that a price, and such a small one at that, can be assigned to a life is quite discomforting and raises alarm towards the nature of child trafficking. The “Survivor” mural showcases a rescued girl surrounded with flowers and her bright future but who is unable to let go of the horrors of her past and live a happy normal life. Psychologist Dr. Shoshana Garfield says, ” Even two weeks in a trafficking hell hole means a lifetime of therapy.”