Artist Prum Vannak has been a unique supporter of the anti-trafficking movement. As a web exclusive for Our Books, he shares a few scenes from his eventful life in the last year.
After escaping from labor trafficking, Vannak’s friends in his rural Pursat village didn’t believe him. So he drew about it, laboriously detailing his time trapped on a fishing boat.
“A lot of migrants are trafficked to work on fishing ships in the gulf of Thailand and Malaysia. They work day and night, with no time to rest.”
It didn’t go unnoticed. His expressive and heartfelt drawings took him to meetings, workshops and eventually recognition from the US State Department.
Workshop at Immigration Department in Taiwan, 2012.
Meeting Secretary of State Hillary Clinton
Publishers have taken interest in collecting the artist’s works as a graphic novel, and we’ll share more news as plans progress. When he’s not busy fighting the good fight, Vannak is looking to branch out into commercial illustration.
You can read more about Prom Vannak on his artist profile page.