DescriptionTrafficking of children is a modern form of slave trade. It is defined as the 'recruitment, transportation, transfer, harboring, and/or receipt of a child for the purpose of exploitation. Statistics regarding the magnitude of child trafficking are difficult to obtain. However the International Labour Organization estimates that 1.2 million children are trafficked annually. The trafficking of children is an internationally recognized major human rights violation; and one that exists in every region of the world. Despite the fact that this crime exists on a large scale worldwide, it is only within the past decade that the prevalence and ramifications of this practice have risen to international prominence, due to a dramatic increase in public reaction. Protection, prevention, law enforcement, and victim assistance needs to be implemented with greater diligence internationally. Laws that fine and penalize corporations that foster trafficking of children need to be implemented before this growing problem can be abetted.
I.M. Spadecaller, Tampa Bay Member Since March 2010 Artist Statement Matthew Schwartz (AKA Spadecaller) is a grateful survivor who conveys his deepest passions, convictions, and serenity through visual art, poetry, and video.
As a child, he was formally trained in traditional oil techniques and later attended The School of Visual Arts in New York City (1970-71). During the 70's up until the late 80's he exhibited acrylic and oils in Montreal and New York, and presently resides on the west coast of Florida.
Since the advent of image editing software, he has turned more to creative digital hand painted images and photos striving to fuse these into an art form worthy of the distinction traditional painters deserve.
Using HD videos formats, he showcase his digital paintings, poetry, other mixed media images; these are available for viewing at: http://www.youtube.com/user/Thespadecaller.