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Texting to End Human Trafficking
It’s been quiet here on the STF blog, but the fight against human trafficking marches on. The Polaris Project recently released data about the first year texting has been available on their Human Trafficking Hotline. Read more about it here, and see the infographics below. It’s exciting to see technology helping victims pursue freedom and become survivors. Find out more about human trafficking. Shop ethical fashion made by survivors. Be a part of the solution: Be part of Stop Traffick Fashion.
The Justice Conference
This weekend we’ll be at the Justice Conference in warm, sunny Los Angeles. But don’t be too jealous; it’s not too late to join one of the partner sites across the country—and you can see videos from last year’s conference on the conference website. (We’ll post about this year’s videos once they’re up.) Here’s one of my favorite speakers from last year, Brenda Salter McNeil. Learn about ethical fashion. Shop products made by survivors of human trafficking. Be a part of the solution: Be part of Stop Traffick Fashion.
Images that Empower Women
Images are powerful. They influence how we see ourselves, how we see others, and how we see the good things and the bad things in the world around us. Images can help. They put a face to cultures and world issues. They can promote compassion and connection and understanding. But they can hurt too. They can oversimplify, evoke guilt, exploit people for a cause, or limit what seems possible. Stale media images become ingrained in our minds and keep us from fresh thinking, but the opposite can be true too: thoughtful variety and honesty can root out timeworn ideas about
Progress at the Super Bowl
We posted last week about the potential for human trafficking at the Super Bowl, and while it would be crass to call anything but an exploitation-free event good news, there was some positive progress in the weeks leading up to the game. As reported by MSN: Forty-five people were arrested and 16 juveniles rescued in a two-week crackdown on prostitution in the New York-New Jersey area leading up to last Sunday’s Super Bowl, Federal Bureau of Investigation officials said on Tuesday. The bureau said some of those arrested claimed they traveled to the site because of the high-profile football game,
Human Trafficking at the Super Bowl
While data on the exact impact is tough to come by, large-scale sporting events like the Super Bowl present the opportunity for increased human trafficking activity. Here’s more about the problem—and more about human trafficking survivors how are working to help protect and rescue others. “Super Bowl Is Single Largest Human Trafficking Incident In U.S.: Attorney General” from the Huffington Post The influx of fans fosters the optimal breeding ground for pimps looking to boost their profits. Experts say that the sheer number of men looking to pay for sex substantially increases demand and the massive crowds allow for pimps
Stand Up Against Labor Trafficking
Labor trafficking is seldom talked about, even in the realm of human trafficking. But it’s a major issue that preys on poverty and hope of opportunities. Laws in the United States give labor recruiters the chance to deceive and exploit people from around the world, but Congress is considering a bill that would help protect workers. You can sign a petition to help the bill pass. Here’s more from the Polaris Project: Every year, hundreds of thousands of people coming to work in the U.S. on visas are put at greater risk of labor trafficking by unchecked labor recruiters. Abusive
Hope in Cambodia
In the post last month about mothers in Cambodia selling their daughters into human trafficking, I mentioned the hope for change that is growing in this youth-filled, war-torn nation. Here’s evidence of hope taking root: Find out more about human trafficking. Shop ethical fashion made by survivors. Be a part of the solution: Be part of Stop Traffick Fashion.
Last Day for Christmas Orders
Today is the last day to order gifts in time for Christmas. See how you can be part of ethical fashion employment this season and in the year to come. Thanks for being part of Stop Traffick Fashion and the story of hope for survivors of human trafficking around the world. Looking for more ethical fashion merchandise: check out our list. Learn about ethical fashion. Shop products made by survivors of human trafficking. Be a part of the solution: Be part of Stop Traffick Fashion.
How Could a Mother Sell Her Daughter?
One of the most baffling facts about human trafficking is that sometimes families knowingly sell their children into brothels or other forms of trafficking. It invites the unanswerable question: How could they? A recent article on CNN, examines several situations where mothers in Cambodia sold their daughters. The key culprit in answer to How could they?, according to the article and many other similar stories, is poverty—deep, desperate, $2-a-day poverty. Even still it seems impossible. Another part of the answer is the culture and political climate of the country. It affects those in poverty because there are few, if any,
Be Aware During the Hustle and Bustle
During this hectic time year, it’s easy to get absorbed in to do lists and family events. But as you go about your days, don’t forget pay attention to other people. The map above from Polaris Project shows where potential human trafficking was reported between 2007 and 2012. It’s overwhelming to think of human trafficking happening so often around us, but it’s empowering to know that some signs of trafficking aren’t difficult to spot, so your eyes and attention could make a difference. Polaris Project’s Potential Trafficking Indicators sheet lists common indicators of human trafficking. You can get this and other