Sharon Boothroyd begins her piece:
Dana Popa did a brave thing. She took her talent for photography and used it to expose an illegal trade, a predominantly hidden industry which depends on selling women for profit. Now an internationally recognised problem, sex trafficking is often compared to the slave trade in its vulgarity and severity and yet there is still a lot to be done to alleviate the problem and get to the point of convicting these criminals and protecting women worldwide. I was interested in Dana’s experience in meeting these survivors and also her thoughts on the difference she believes photography can make to situations like these.
Dana Popa is a Romanian photographer based in London. Her series not Natasha has received international acclaim, including Amnesty International, Foto8, FOAM, BJP and Portfolio magazine.
The book not Natasha was published by Autograph ABP in 2009. Presented like a notebook or journal of these women’s experiences it creates a personal interaction with the subject matter and the reader in a poignant and hard hitting manner.