"2000 Souls" is a temporary public artwork display running March 11 through May 2016 at Eppley Airfield (second floor) in Omaha, Nebraska. The display is designed to raise awareness about the issue of sex trafficking in the Nebraska region. This artwork represents the lives of the 2,000 women, men, girls and boys who are forced into prostitution in Nebraska. My goal in creating 2,000 ceramic birds and hanging them in the airport is to help people visually quantify the enormity of the issue.
Many people are unaware that this problem takes place in their very own city and state on a regular basis. Many who have knowledge of the situation choose to turn a blind eye to the matter.
Thank you for taking the time to learn more!
Here are the facts:
"Law enforcement agencies also agreed that the existence of Interstate 80 coupled with the internet sex advertising makes Nebraska vulnerable to trafficking. With ease of travel and internet sex advertising available 24 hours a day trafficking does occur on a regular basis in Nebraska." – Nebraska Governor's Human Trafficking Task Force
For more information visit the 2015 Trafficking In Persons Report.
By purchasing one of the birds for $25 (click to visit), your donation will go to the Rejuvenating Women; a faith-based, non-profits, that aids victims in Nebraska who are caught in sex trafficking.
And don't forget to tell your friends and family about the "2000 Souls" Project.
Elisa Wolcott is currently a student at the University of Nebraska at Omaha, pursuing her Bachelor of Fine Arts with an Art History and Business minor.
Nebraska/Eastern Iowa Helpline: 402-807-5111
National Human Trafficking Hotline: 888-973-7888