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Medaille Trust: Marked for Life by Brother Brother

Date: Aug 2021
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Launched on World Day Against Trafficking in Persons, charity Medaille Trust has launched film ’Marked for Life’ to highlight the issue of human trafficking and sexual exploitation in the UK

At the center of this project is a short documentary film, which tells the story of a survivor. It explains how she was trafficked and exploited, before being branded with a tattoo by her trafficker. This can be a common practice amongst traffickers, designed to show ownership and control.

In collaboration with tattoo artist Natalie Duffield from Lost Garden Tattoo Studio, this mark is covered during the film, leading to a cathartic moment.

Supporting this film is an online hub, giving more details about this project, as well as key information about human trafficking and sexual exploitation in the UK.

This campaign is also a part of a bigger project called ’Tattooists against Traffickers’, where Medaille Trust aim to train tattoo artists to spot the signs of human trafficking.


Art Director: Michele Bona

Copywriter: Michael De Piano

Film Directors: Yaz & Haz Al-Shaater

Director of Photography: Jonathan Haldon

First Assistant Camera: Leon Frind

Producer: Lauren Payne

Progression Support Worker: Chiara Facco

Tattoo Artist: Natalie Duffield, Lost Garden Tattoo

Studio Actor: Bernice Pike Voice Over

Actor: Beth Penrose

Film Production Company: Brother Brother

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