“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”
~Martin Luther King Jr.
When you hear the term “Human Trafficking” do you think,
‘this is a third world problem’?
This is a global issue. In the United States the top 20 cities are: Houston, El Paso, Los Angeles, Atlanta, Chicago, Charlotte, Miami, Las Vegas, New York, Long Island, New Orleans, Washington D.C., Philadelphia, Phoenix, Richmond, San Diego, San Francisco, St. Louis, Seattle and Tampa.
If you find this hard to believe just Google it. There are many stories about parents dealing with the horror of having their teenage child being caught up in a reality that might be difficult for us to imagine. Just last year the FBI made history* by arresting over 150 people and rescuing 149 children coast to coast.
Here’s the bad news: Human trafficking is a multi-billion dollar business. And, we are all participating in it. It’s been extremely difficult not to. From our clothes to our home decor to our phones to our jewelry to the coffee we drink in the morning, we have all become a part of this insidious system.
Here’s the good news: There has been a surge of organizations,* ads, news reports and tools creating more awareness about this complicated problem. There are also companies that are showing the world that you can work for profit and still do good in the world.
One of these companies is Trades Of Hope*
TOH was founded by two women in Florida who saw the problem firsthand and created a solution. They partner with artisans who have been economically challenged, give them visibility and slowly empower them and their families right out of the human trafficking industry. Each artisan receives exactly what they ask for monetarily. These entrepreneurs end up making 3 -6 times more than they would be selling their items in their local community.
When you purchase an item you are helping someone live a life free from debt bondage or the sex trade. You are enhancing the life of another as well as your own because these items are beautiful, hand-made and energetically hold the vision of a safer world. It doesn’t get much better than that in the world of consumerism.
What you can do: Get educated. Do research on where your purchases come from. Support companies whose mission is to do no harm. And, keep an eye out throughout your busy days. You never know who might need your help but is too afraid to speak out.
Crystal Nosal, a spokeswoman for the Alexandria Police Department in Virginia, said, “You can’t keep your eyes closed. You always have to look for it, think of it as a possibility of occurring, so that if you do encounter a juvenile, you’re asking the right questions.”
*Relief Organizations: : http://www.rescue.org/fighting-human-trafficking
BE. THE. CHANGE.
When you purchase an item you are helping someone live a life free from debt bondage or the sex trade. You are enhancing the life of another as well as your own. These items are beautiful, hand-made and energetically hold the vision of a safer world.