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Graphic Novelists Expose Government Failure to Fight Trafficking

by Dana Liebelson for CHANGE November 04, 2010

The Tunnel, the first ever graphic novel published in Cyprus, doesn’t have any costumed vigilantes. Instead of a tool for entertainment, The Tunnel is a creative effort to expose weaknesses in the government’s anti-trafficking strategy. Cyprus is currently failing to live up to its responsibility to protect trafficking victims. But you can help the authors stop trafficking in Cyprus, and urge President Christofias Demetris to allot more money to victim support.

The Tunnel, which launched last week, is published by INDEX: Research and Dialogue, a non-profit that aims to promote public dialogue and shape policy in Cyprus. The protagonist is modeled off of extensive interviews INDEX conducted with real trafficking victims. One woman told the organization that after the police explained her right to social support and protection, she made the decision to testify against her abusers. But a year later, she left the country disillusioned by both the country’s failing support system and the lack of transparency among the judiciary. (more…)

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By Zoe Christodoulides Published in CYPRUS MAIL on November 7, 2010

The story is unnervingly familiar: a young attractive woman gets caught up in the trafficking web as she attempts to escape the injustices that haunt her. But the very fact that almost everyone who takes a glimpse at her story knows that scenarios like this happen all the time here in Cyprus makes the phenomenon all the more disturbing.

“This story ought to be much less common than it is. Every now and then we catch sight of yet more evidence that the victims of trafficking are perhaps more numerous than we care to admit,” argues Yiouli Taki, brainchild behind a new book focusing on the victims of human trafficking on the island. Senior Researcher of local NGO, Index: Research and Dialogue, the nature of her work saw her team up with colleague David Officer to bring some of their findings to light in the graphic novel The Tunnel.

Step in Christopher Malapitan who put all their thoughts on paper with colourful, eye-catching illustrations. “I suppose we opted for an animated book with more images than words because we wanted to avoid speaking to people in a didactic manner,” says Yiouli. With pictures that may speak louder than words, younger crowds in particular are far more likely to embrace this formula. (more…)

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