A selection of pictures taken by the photographer George Nickels will accompany the 2nd International conference “Cross border cooperation on Labour Migration and Human Trafficking between Cambodia and Thailand: from policies framework to the implementation”, to be held on 24th and 25th  in Cambodia, Siem Reap, at the Angkor Miracle Hotel.

The exhibition is part of a larger work entitled “Trafficked into Slavery”,  through which George Nickels tells the stories of many migrants and returned migrants met during several activities in the field carried out by Civil Volunteer Group (GVC) in the rural area of North West provinces of Cambodia.

It’s a route through the images between two extremes, darkness and light: the photos depict men and women, whom profiles emerge from a dark frame, illuminated by a pale light. Just like their stories, timidly came out during the sharing meetings named Self Help Groups (SHGs). The Self Help Groups for safe migration have been created by GVC since the 2013 in the framework of its projects and thanks to the support of EU and other donors, with the aim to highlight experiences, prevent abuses and strengthen a community response to victims of trafficking and exploitation.

George Nickels, the author, is a freelance photojournalist. His work covers social conflict and humanitarian issues across Asia. His in-depth photography and editorial provide an often unreported aspect of current affairs and news. His work is regularly published in leading magazines and newspapers worldwide.

Nickels explained in an interview with the “Phnom Penh Post”, that his photographs aim at diffusion on the understanding about “a major issue of human trafficking and modern day slavery happening in Southeast Asia. There is a lot of focus on women and children, but there is a lot of happening to men as well. I just want to bring light to the issue”.

During the exhibition the artist will be present to meet visitors.

The initiative is promoted by GVC in the framework of the European Union funded projects “Mig-Right: supporting and advocating Cambodian migrants’ rights in Thailand, preventing violations and human trafficking” and “Right-To-Work: promoting and protecting the labour rights of low skilled Cambodian migrant workers”, run by GVC and its partners: the Legal Support for Children and Women (LSCW) in Cambodia and the Labor Rights Promotion Network Foundation (LPN) in Thailand.



National Road No. 6, Khum Sra-Nge

Opening Hours: from 10:00 to 16:00, on Wednesday 24th and Thursday 25th  of April

Free Admission


Photography copyright © George Nickels

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