A local photographer and museum are shining a light on one of the world’s largest crimes. In March 2017, photographer Lexie Bush took a trip to Bulgaria. There she witnessed prostitutes waiting along the side of highways in hopes to make money.
Bush captured many pictures of these women lined up on the roadside. Bush shares her photos and stories in her exhibit, “The Ring Road” at the Gadsden Museum of Art. Bush explains that most of the women were tricked or forced into the sex trade, through kidnapping.
Others were tricked by “boyfriends” who wanted the women to sell themselves for extra money. Human trafficking isn’t just a problem in foreign countries. In 2015, a Gadsden woman, Jessica McCurdy, was arrested for human trafficking.