Casting Call: Collaborators and Models for a Project to help end Child Trafficking

What is it?

  • A community arts-based social action to raise funds to end child trafficking.
  • A casting call for models aged 1-25 both boys and girls
  • A collaboration call
    • BTS filmmakers / photographers
    • journalists and influencers
    • Hair and Makeup Artists
    • People who are keen to make a plate to support the crew


Bird in a Cage + Mandi Lynn + the HeArtivists + Possibly You will be working on a beautiful creative project to help raise funds to end child trafficking.

  • Bird in a Cage is a social enterprise designing and selling jewellery and gifts with 100% of profits going to end human trafficking.
  • The HeArtivists is a youth program dedicated to supporting the development of creative resilience and self-compassion in kiwi youth.
  • Mandi Lynn is a past winner of New Zealand Creative Photographer of the Year, the founder of the HeArtivists, and a Arts Based Activist


We are doing a photoshoot to promote the jewellery line and we are using models the same age as kids sold into slavery as a contrast piece.   Kids that are safe as a counterpoint to those that are not. There will be no graphic imagery included anywhere in our work. There are two sets of images that will be created.  One will be black and whites of many children wearing jewellery.  Some of them will have their mouths covered over similar to the image featured below.    To create a visual conversation about the removal of children's ability to speak for themselves. Then we will select a few of the participants to be part of a series of editorial shots that beautifully promote the jewellery.   It is intended to bring awareness but in a beautiful way not a graphic way while at the same time making the jewellery desirable so that we can raise funds for the charities supported by the project.


Saturday 26 October 9 am start


Mandi Lynn's Studio 191 Plateau Road Te Marua Upper Hutt

How can I help?

  • If you have a child boy or girl aged 1-17 and you feel that they would be an easy model to photograph and would be keen to be involved in the project then please put them forward.  ( you will be required to accompany them and sign a model release)  Please note that it will be important for you to do a bit of research around the topic of human trafficking because more than likely the topic will come up for discussion and you will want to be comfortable with how you respond. Hagar NZ have a very informative website and will be one of the recipients of the funding raised by the sale of the Jewellery.
  • If you are 18-25 and would like to be a model for this please put your details below.
  • If you are an influencer or journalist and would like to collaborate and promote the images and write a story about the project please put your details down as well.
  • If you just want to help with the catering required for the project please, by all means, let us know.
  • If you are a hairdresser or makeup artist with a passion to help and doesn't mind working with kids.
  • If you are a photographer or filmmaker who would be interested in supporting the project creating behind the scenes content.

What do I get for helping?

  • Lots of good feeling for having done far more than just signing an online have taken physical action to support a project that will help fund organizations doing great work.
  • You will get a chance to build community by meeting the others who have similar values to you.
  • If you are selected to be a model there will be one headshot that will be posted in an online google drive for you to be able to copy and use for self-promotion.
  • If you are a collaborator your work will be linked in a follow up post about the project.
  • You will not be paid for this gig.  It is a labour of love for all involved.
  • Good Juju/ Karma/ Oxytocin floods of happiness
  • Probably a cookie or two


Child Trafficking Awareness

Child trafficking is a crime that exploits girls and boys for numerous purposes including forced labour and sex. Because child trafficking is lucrative and often linked with criminal activity and corruption, it is hard to estimate how many children suffer, but trafficking and exploitation is an increasing risk to children around the world. When human trafficking occurs, children are often trafficked for commercial sexual exploitation or for labour such as domestic servitude, agricultural work, factory work, mining or are forced to fight in conflicts.

Facts about Child Exploitation

There are 215 million children engaged in child labour, with 115 million of those children in hazardous work. Sometimes sold by a family member or an acquaintance, sometimes lured by false promises of education and a "better" life — the reality is that these trafficked and exploited children are held in slave-like conditions without enough food, shelter, or clothing and often severely abused and cut off from all contact with their families. And many of these victims are girls.

  • Human trafficking is a crime that exploits children1
  • Every country in the world is affected by human trafficking1
  • 98% of sexually abused survivors are women and children2
  • 168 million children are victims of forced labor1

How Can We End Child Trafficking?

Thanks to supporters like you, Save the Children’s child protection experts work to combat child trafficking through prevention, protection, and prosecution. In order to maximize our efforts, we work with communities, local organizations and civil society, and national governments to protect children from being exploited, and to help restore the dignity of children who have survived. With your help, they can:

  • Support livelihoods to help families avoid the need to have their children work.
  • Raise awareness of trafficking, reducing the number of children being trafficked.
  • Rehabilitate survivors, and help them rebuild their lives.
  • Protect unaccompanied refugee children, and keep them from the clutches of traffickers.

1 United Nations: World Day Against Human Trafficking
2 UN