Taken ebook

Taken is a photo documentary ebook available on the iBookstore. Shot undercover inside Mumbai’s brothels Taken includes dramatic video footage and compelling shocking images.

Award winning photojournalist Hazel Thompson spent over ten years investigating Mumbai’s sex trade and during this time she spent more than 6 months living in the Kamathipura district, gaining unprecedented access into one of the largest sex industries in Asia. The result is an extraordinary glimpse into the secrets of Mumbai’s red light district revealing the moving real-life stories of girls tricked, trafficked and sold into 21st century sex slavery. Hazel Thompson has donated the worldwide profits from Taken to British charity Jubilee Campaign who have set up the Taken Appeal for Bombay Teen Challenge’s mission to rescue and rehabilitate girls and women from Mumbai’s sex industry.

Hazel’s fearless work in exposing the tragedy of human trafficking will help transform the lives of those trapped in slavery. Hazel’s use of digital media, bringing together her stunning photography, video, interactive maps and soundtrack all capture the noise and visual tension of the streets and make this new e-Book an innovative and accessible medium to showcase this story. It is my hope that “Taken” will create a new generation of digital activists and help transform our ability to raise awareness for those at risk from sexual slavery around the world.

-Hamish Dodds

President and CEO

Hard Rock International

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Taken Includes

  • 300 images
  • 3 short films
  • Interactive map and images
  • 6 feature articles
  • “Frame the Future”: special feature recording the dreams and ambitions of rescued girls
  • Campaign call to action

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BTC LogoThe Taken ebook was only possible through the trusted networks of Indian NGO Bombay Teen Challenge. Their twenty years of service in the city has achieved an inspiring rescue mission where hundreds of girls – the daughters of prostitutes, along with prostituted women, have turned their back on the sex trade and broken the chain of slavery. All profits from Taken will be donated to this life-changing work.

Jubilee Campaign

Jubilee Campaign combines effective lobbying and transformational charitable action for Children at Risk around the world.

JC logo_Print_CMYK_white faceJubilee Campaign was launched in Parliament in 1987 by David Alton MP (now Lord Alton of Liverpool) together with Danny Smith after they had worked on the successful Campaign to Free the Siberian Seven. In 1992, Jubilee Campaign helped to set up the All Party Parliamentary Group for Street Children and served as its secretariat for over a decade. The group lobbied at the United Nations since 1988 and was granted Special Consultative Status by the United Nations Economic and Social Council in 2003.
Jubilee Campaign’s main focus as a pressure group was to tackle the cause of injustice by lobbying authorities where human rights violations occur. Following changes in UK law, the lobbying group registered as a charity and this made it possible for Jubilee Campaign to extend its mission and to provide direct practical help where it will really make a difference and change more lives. This important development enabled Jubilee Campaign to work in strategic charitable partnerships with people such as Reverend Devaraj’s Bombay Teen Challenge in India and continue to help children at risk of being sold into sex slavery.

Find out more about the Jubilee Campaign: www.jubileecampaign.co.uk

Like the Jubilee Campaign on Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/JubileeCampaign

Follow the Jubilee Campaign on Twitter: https://twitter.com/JubileeCampaign

Get Involved

You can play an important part in the fight against sex trafficking and modern slavery. Join our campaign.

  • Sign the Petition

    We call on the Indian Government to make the purchase of sex illegal and to decriminalize victims of sex trafficking

  • The Giving Menu

    Your gifts can play an important part in the fight against sex trafficking and modern slavery. Any amount you can give, however small, will make a difference

  • TAKEN Campaign App

    Download our free campaign app and become a digital activist. Includes exclusive behind the scenes footage of the making of ‘Taken’ ebook

Behind the Scenes

Learn about the making of 'Taken' and how Hazel Thompson worked undercover as she hid in brothels, rooftops, sewers and evaded armed gangs to document and tell the stories of previously unseen lives of women in Kamathipura.

An Interview with the Author – Hazel Thompson

The Dangers of undercover journalism

This is just the beginning



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About the Author

Hazel Thompson is an award-winning British photojournalist. In the last decade, she has taken up assignments worldwide in over 40 countries for media organizations such as The New York Times, ABC News, Stern Magazine, Vogue, FIVE News, The Sunday Times, Observer Magazine, Le Monde 2 and Politiken

Hazel Thompson‘Taken’ is Hazel’s life’s work, to investigate and expose the disturbing truth around India’s sub-culture of sex trafficking, Hazel immersed herself into Mumbai’s sex trade since 2002, and during this time she spent over 6 months living in Kamathipura, gaining unprecedented access into the second largest sex district in Asia. The result is an extraordinary glimpse into the secrets of Mumbai’s red light that reveals the moving real-life stories of girls tricked, trafficked and sold into 21st century sex slavery.
Hazel applies her skill – and her passion – to photograph and film injustice and prejudice; telling powerful stories and creating global awareness around social and humanitarian issues.
She often works closely with NGOs, where she tackles sensitive and sometimes controversial subjects, such as ‘Kids Behind Bars’ which was aired on ITN & CNN. Posing undercover as an aid worker, she was able to capture exclusive images of children illegally imprisoned inside Filipino jails.
Her essay on the UK’s teenage runaways ‘Home & Away’ evolved from an assignment for Observer Magazine into a three part news series for channel FIVE NEWS, where Hazel wrote, reported and presented the story on camera.
Her latest short film ‘Riva & Albert’ – a compelling story about friendship & love beyond generations- has been selected to screen at Brief Encounters as part of the global Encounters Short Film and Animation Festival 2013. Hazel was both the co-producer and director of photography for this film.
Hazel has also been engaged by The British Council to represent the best of British Photojournalism as an arts ambassador to Uzbekistan, Denmark & Vietnam. This relationship has evolved into a more recent commission for her to document the role of women in Qatar and Bahrain as part of an international arts project called “My Father’s House’’, which has toured the Gulf and UK for 3 years.
Hazel is also a highly acclaimed speaker, workshop facilitator and judge for wide variety of conferences, festivals and competitions around the world.


Taken Team

Meet the people behind the Taken ebook

TAKEN ebook:
Author & Photographer: Hazel Thompson
Publisher: Jubilee Campaign
Story Facilitators: KK Deveraj – Bombay Teen Challenge
Producers: Hazel Thompson & Danny Smith
Concept & Direction: Hazel Thompson
Ebook Design: True Image Media Ltd
Picture Editor: Susan Glen
Foreword: Hamish Dodds – Hard Rock International
Cover Design: Keith Sereby
Story Text: Hazel Thompson, Danny Smith, Lone Theils
Film Editor: Jonny Elywn
Music Composition & Sound mix: Sveinung Nygaard
Authors Interview: Roy Petersen
Proof Reading: Luke Smith & Jessie Macneil-Brown

TAKEN Campaign:
Campaign Co-ordination & Research: Jessie Macneil-Brown
App Developer: Luke Smith – Jigglypig Apps
Campaign Research: Märta C. Johansson

Marketing Team:
PR & Marketing: Petra Coveney – Coveney Communications
Website Development: Jessica West – UNIPHI GOOD
Social Media: Alison Steedman – UNIPHI GOOD
Launch events: Marc Carey – Hard Rock International

Additional Contributors:
Administration & Image Processing: Lynda Laird
Trailer Graphics: Chris Elwyn
Translation: Davidson Solanki & Faseeh Shams
Sound Engineer: Manley O’Conner
Singing Vocals: Lynieve Austin


Read Hazel's blog to learn more about her investigations as she pursues her passion to be a modern day abolishionist and campaigns to expose sex trafficking and Slavery through her journalism.

Get in Touch.

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