“Object Lessons” Photo Exhibition at Albany Public Library Explores the Nature of Prosecution of Sex Trafficking Crimes

Albany Public Library is partnering with Albany Center Gallery and the Capital District Women’s Bar Association to present a special photo exhibition, “Object Lessons,” that explores the nature of the prosecution of sex trafficking crimes.

“Object Lessons” premieres on Friday, March 6, with an opening reception at 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm at the library’s Washington Ave. Branch. The photo exhibition will be open during branch hours and run through April 18. The opening reception and exhibition are free and open to the public.

Nina Berman, Newark, Photograph

Sex trafficking is a worldwide problem, raking in profits of roughly $99 billion dollars per year for traffickers. “Object Lessons” was created by Nina Berman, an award-winning documentary photographer, filmmaker, author, and educator from New York City, to bring awareness to the pervasive problem of sex trafficking in the Capital Region and beyond. The exhibition depicts the evidence used to try and convict sex traffickers, including victims’ clothing and the weapons used to coerce victims into submission. Berman said she chose “to investigate the physical evidence as a way to communicate the mechanism of control and the underlying motivations of profit and power that drive perpetrators and imprison victims.”

Berman will present an artist talk on Thursday, March 19, at 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm at the Washington Ave. Branch. The talk is free and open to the public.

The exhibition will inform the public about the nature of these sex trafficking prosecutions and the brave victims who choose to tell their stories. “These crimes, which are both widespread and hidden, are characterized by violence, fear, intimidation and psychological manipulation. They are difficult cases to prosecute and rely on the bravery of victims to come forward and place their trust in the legal system,” Berman said.

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