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Photo exhibition: THIS IS ME

Thinking of Thailand, you might dream about waving palm trees on white beaches, delicious food and a friendly population. You’re not the only one! In the last ten years, the number of tourists has more than doubled. This ensures good income and more prosperity, but also has a shadow side: the growth in the number of children who are victims of commercial sexual exploitation. Photographer Marieke van der Velden visited two shelters for victims of sexual exploitation. She listened to what it means for them to get perspective on the future again with help. Who do they draw as an image of themselves? With the safety of the mask they lift the corner of the veil to show themselves.

With this exhibition, Down to Zero wants to raise awareness about the seriousness of sexual exploitation of children. But also show that children can rebuild their lives if they get some attention and help.

Down to Zero
Two million children worldwide are the victims of commercial sexual exploitation. In an alliance called Down to Zero, Terre des Hommes (lead), Plan Netherlands, Defense for Children – ECPAT, Free a Girl and ICCO Cooperation work together to ban commercial exploitation in eleven countries in Asia and Latin America in 2020. The 5-year program (2016-2020) enables children and adolescents to fight for their rights themselves, helps communities protect their children better against commercial sexual exploitation and improves and implements relevant laws and regulations in the eleven countries.

About the photographer
Marieke van der Velden is a Dutch photographer who’s been traveling all over the world for 20 years. Sometimes on behalf of NGOs, other times based on own initiative. With photo series such as “Baghdad Today” and “A Monday in Kabul” and her film “The Island of All Together” she tries to place daily news in a broader context. These projects have been published internationally in many places.

De Passage

  • Monday 07:00 — 23:00
  • Tuesday 07:00 — 23:00
  • Wednesday 07:00 — 23:00
  • Thursday 07:00 — 23:00
  • Friday 07:00 — 03:00
  • Saturday 07:00 — 03:00
  • Sunday 07:00 — 03:00