WHAT SORT OF THINGS WILL I BE ASKED TO DO?
GIVE UP CONTROL
For 24 hours you will receive instructions from us by text, twitter or messenger. We will tell you when you can and can not do certain things.
People in slavery, slavery-like conditions and exploitative situations do not have control over their own lives. They are controlled by threats, fraud, coercion and violence.
You may be instructed not to sleep for some or all of the 24 hour period.
Long hours, gruelling working conditions, lack of sleep and cramped living and sleeping quarters are sometimes endured not just for a day but for months or years.
You may receive instructions informing you that you are not allowed to eat until you receive instructions otherwise.
Malnutrition and hunger is also at times suffered by those being trafficked or otherwise exploited.
You might be instructed to remain silent for an hour, or two, or more.
People who are controlled by others can feel like they don't have a voice. Sometimes they don't speak the language, sometimes their movement and contact with others is restricted. This task would be both practical as well as symbolic.
You might be instructed to do things. Nothing illegal or dangerous but some may be designed to make you uncomfortable. You may find them embarrassing or even shaming. You will not be asked to expose yourself physically but you may be asked to do things that will cause people to stare.
Trafficked people are often forced to do things they find shaming like beg or engage is criminal activity like pick-pocket or steal. People who are prostituted by others are made to undress and engage in acts that cause them deep shame and change the way they believe others perceive them and even the way they feel about themselves.
REMAIN IN THE DARK
You will not be given an agenda or any kind of schedule of events for the 24 hour period. Instructions may be sent to you, or not, at any time. You will not be given an opportunity to plan around or for the demands made of you.
This is about control. You may choose to participate in this excerise, knowing it is for a finite period of time - it will end in 24 hours and you can reclaim control of your time and life. Those in bondage live in a world of unknowns with no idea what might be asked of them next and when or if their ordeal will come to an end.