Indian Authorities Won't Help Millions of Trafficked Women
VICE News, July 2017
A report on child sex trafficking in one of South Asia's largest red light districts, GB Road in Delhi.
GB Road is teaming with men of all descriptions and many of the brothels hide 'cage rooms' where the underage girls are hidden during police raids, or kept until they agree to sleep with as many men as their pimps want.
According to local NGOs, many of the 3,500 women and girls will sleep with as many as 25-30 men a day.
Delhi's Dilemma: What to do with tonnes of waste?
Al Jazeera, November 2016
A photo feature for Al Jazeera on Delhi's waste crisis. With Delhi's population more than doubling since 1990, the city's waste management infrastructure has been stretched beyond its limit. Every day Delhi produces around 10,000 metric tonnes of solid waste - roughly the weight of the Eiffel tower. Almost all of this is piled untreated onto three mountain-like landfills.
Will got a local driver to take him to the summit of Bhalswa landfill in his dump truck and managed to take photos of the illegal child labour on site.
HIV-Driven Myth of 'Virgin Cleansing' in Kolkata's Brothels
News Deeply, September 2017
An increasing number of men are paying for sex with virgins in Asia’s largest red-light district to ‘cure’ themselves of HIV – putting their faith in a disturbing urban myth and placing thousands of young women at risk of contracting the disease.
The Forgotten Children of Sonagachi
New Internationalist, October 2017
A picture of the Bengali poet Rabindranath Tagore looks down on a small bare room. Outside, the morning air heaves with pollution and the sound of chattering men.
Small children slowly file into the room. Some are brought in by their mothers. Others appear out of nowhere, slipping in with oversized clothes, thin faces, and wide smiles.
These are the children of Sonagachi, Kolkata’s sprawling red-light district.
India currency note ban sparks 'dramatic fall' in sex trafficking
The Guardian, December 2016
An investigation with the Guardian's South Asia correspondent, Michael Safi, into how India's 2016 demonetisation program affected sex trafficking networks.
Will also gathered extensive information in the field for the Guardian's wider Modern-day slavery in focus project.
How open mic nights and feminist films are helping fight intergenerational prostitution in India
Marie Claire, June 2017
A feature about the NGO, Apne Aap's, efforts to use open mic nights and feminist films to combat cycles of mother-to-daughter prostitution in Kolkata, India.
It's a Spartan Life at 'the Eton of India'
The Spectator, March 2017
Will gained rare access to the famous Doon School, where India's socioeconomic elite train their sons to be the next leaders of the country.
Ragpickers and Camembert: Delhi's divisive gentrification
New Statesman: City Metric, May 2017
A report on the winners and losers of Delhi's mind-blowing development for the New Statesman online.
Britain must lead the global fight against modern slavery
The Spectator, December 2016
A comment piece in the Spectator where Will drew on his experience in the field, to argue that Britain can and must do more in the global fight against modern slavery.
London's house prices are crushing the hopes of a generation
The Telegraph, August 2016
A comment article where Will moans about how awful London is for young people.
Culture and Travel
Interview: William Dalrymple on Delhi
Scroll.In, November 2016
Will talked to the famed travel writer, William Dalrymple, about his life in Delhi and how the city has changed over three decades for the Indian online magazine, Scroll.
There’s still hope for photography: Sony World Photo Awards reviewed
The Spectator, April 2017
Much has been said about the endless photographic mediocrity of the digital age. The infinite glossy ads, the stream of cheap tourist snaps and sea of selfies. You’d forgive a young photographer for feeling disillusioned. In a world where 2 billion images are uploaded to the internet every day, how can you ever be original? What power is there even left in photography?
Indian trains: a survival guide
The Spectator, June 2017
Indian trains are one of the wonders of the world. 75,000 miles of track weave through Himalayan mountains, dense jungle, Rajasthani deserts, Goan beaches and booming cities.
So, after several times around India and more than 5,000 miles on the tracks, here’s my advice…
A holiday in Naples is nothing to be scared of
The Spectator, May 2017
‘Mafia-state’ and ‘Triangle of death’ are probably the worst words you can read a few hours before you are due to board a flight for your ‘relaxing’ family holiday in Italy.
Of course, you’d expect the ancient city of Napoli, the home of pizza and the Camorra crime syndicate, to have a slightly rough and ready feel to it. But from reading the headlines and listening to a few middle-class tales you’d be forgiven for thinking you were going to be an extra in ultra-violent TV series, Gomorrah...