Tahmoor photographer fights human trafficking

Fighter: Tenille Salmon is donating her time to raise funds to fight human trafficking. She will use her photography skills to raise awareness. Picture: Simon Bennett
Fighter: Tenille Salmon is donating her time to raise funds to fight human trafficking. She will use her photography skills to raise awareness. Picture: Simon Bennett

Tahmoor photographer Tenille Salmon wants to use her art to help people understand the devastating affects of human trafficking.

In July next year she will travel to Cambodia to photograph women and children who have been rescued from a life of slavery and sex trafficking.

Mrs Salmon said the more she learnt about human and sex trafficking the more determined she was to help victims.

“The main reason I wanted to help with this project was because I have three daughters of my own,” she said.

“The majority of human trafficking victims are young girls who are sold into slavery.

“Thinking about my own children and how vulnerable they are made me want to jump in and help.

“I just couldn’t stand by and do nothing.”

Mrs Salmon will host a charity movie night on Wednesday, November 15 at United Cinemas Narellan to help raise funds to support her work with the charity organisation, Project Futures.

Project Futures work alongside organisations in Australia and Cambodia to assist in eradicating human trafficking and to support the victims of sex trafficking while they rebuild their lives.

Last year an estimated 4300 victims of human trafficking resided in Australia.

One in three victims are children and more than 80 per cent of them are girls and women.

Mrs Salmon said a lot of people were unaware that human and sex trafficking was happening in Australia.

“These stories pull on your heart strings,” she said.

“The things that happen to these girls and women are almost unimaginable – they are seen as objects and possessions rather than people.”

When Mrs Salmon returns from her trip to Cambodia she plans to host a photography exhibition to tell the stories of the girls and women who have escaped a life of slavery.

The eight day tour will take Mrs Salmon to Project Future’s facilities in Cambodia and give her a chance to see some of the charity’s success stories.

“They work to break the cycle of human trafficking because often children are born into slavery,” she said.

“It’s amazing how something small we do over this side of the world can have such a big impact somewhere else.

“If I can help save even just one woman, I’ll be happy.”

To support Mrs Salmon’s trip, people can enjoy Bad Mums 2 with a drink, popcorn, wine tastings and a goodie bag for $45 at United Cinemas Narellan on November 15.

To purchase a ticket, visit: hub.benojo.com/campaigns/bad-mums-2-movie-night.