Molly Gochman is an advocate and activist who is using art to raise awareness to human trafficking and modern-day slavery. In March 2015 she visited Houston to work on The Red Sand Project which she says depends on community involvement. For this project she is working with others to sprinkle red sand into sidewalk cracks in hopes that anyone who walks over them will question the meaning- that modern day slavery is “hidden in plain sight”.
Molly encourages others to go out and sprinkle red sand wherever you can. Take part in the movement and watch it grow so that we may help find solutions. Posts your photos with #REDSANDPROJECT. You can also visit 1302 Dennis St. in Midtown Houston to see the land installation. Keep up with the project by visiting MollyGochman.com.
WATCH: WEB INTERVIEW WITH MOLLY GOCHMAN
View/Download Red Sand Project Houston Brochure
Houston is so notorious for human trafficking that there are several documentaries that focus on the issue and hightlight our city’s problem. Unfortunately, the issue is not limited to this city but very widespread all over the world due to so many vulnerabilities including a state or country’s relation to borders, corrupt governments, and poverty.
The problem cannot be solved with wishful thinking and will continue to grow if we do not take the steps to help others. If you suspect that anyone is involved with human trafficking, please report it.
Thank you to Amy Franklin and Molly Gochman for reaching out to Chimera.
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