See Michelle Thompson’s hard-hitting collages for the FT’s human trafficking appeal

Interactive mixed-media works raises awareness for the FT's seasonal appeal against modern-day slavery.

Every year the Financial Times launches a seasonal appeal to raise awareness and money for global issues.

This year it has turned the focus on the very real and sadly topical subject of modern-day slavery.

To help highlight the issue the FT has published five real life stories by its interactive design and journalism teams, which tell the tales of those who have suffered from the terrible trade in human trafficking.

Artist Michelle Thompson was asked to supply equally hard hitting imagery, presented in interactive form to accompany the stories.

Her use of mixed media collage sets the atmosphere for a series of truly horrific scenarios, but her work also serves a worthwhile cause.

All images: courtesy of FT. Illustration by Michelle Thompson. Photo in this illustration by Steve McCurry/ILO

The FT's project was created by Robin Kwong, Caroline Nevitt, Matt Hinchliffe, Daniel Dombey and Aleksandra Wisniewska.

The seasonal appeal is run by the FT, in partnership with Stop The Traffik.

Each image in the appeal's scrolling, interactive web page links through to a story, such as this one highlighting the plight of migrant female workers from Nepal.

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The stories come from across the globe and some of them will hit closer to home than you might think - for example the FT says the number of trafficking victims in the UK has shot up.

In a letter to accompany the appeal, FT editor Lionel Barber states that the International Labour Organisation has estimated there are almost 21m victims of forced labour worldwide.

You can explore the stories on the FT's special appeal site, find out more from Stop The Traffik or sign up to the ILO's 50 For Freedom appeal.

Michelle is represented by the Handsome Frank agency.

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