Dec

10
2013

Be Part of Empowering Employment for 2014

Melissa     Empower Women, Ethical Fashion, Everyday Abolitionist     1

Your ethical fashion purchases at STF add up to hours of safe, empowering employment for survivors of human trafficking. On average, each purchase provides 10 hours of employment; and a bag, necklace, and t-shirt generate 32 hours of life-changing work. At that rate, it would take about 65 three-product purchases or 208 single-product purchases to employ a woman for a year. And it’s not all numbers—a year of employment provides dignity, health care, and a foundation for a healthy future for women, their families, and their communities. Spread the word so that more survivors of human trafficking can flourish in

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Dec

05
2013

Google Steps Up to End Human Trafficking

Melissa     Trafficking News & Information     0

Google and Microsoft are taking new and decisive measures to deter online child pornography. If effective, these new practices will protect children from physical and sexual abuse and from being vulnerable to human trafficking. Find out more from The Daily Mail: Internet search results linked to child abuse are to be blocked across the world in a stunning U-turn by Google. The world’s biggest media firm has agreed to introduce changes which will prevent depraved images and videos from appearing for more than 100,000 different searches. … We’ve fine-tuned Google Search to prevent links to child sexual abuse material from

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Dec

03
2013

Steps Toward Ethical Fashion in Bangladesh

Melissa     Empower Women, Ethical Fashion     0

If you’re looking for ethical fashion and want workers in Bangladesh to be safe, the New York Times has some promising news: Two groups of retailers — one dominated by American companies, the other by European brands — announced on Wednesday that they had agreed on joint inspection standards for thousands of garment factories in Bangladesh as part of their effort to improve workplace safety there. The American-led group, the Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety, comprises 26 retailers, and the European-dominated group, the Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh, with more than 100 members, said that the new

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Dec

03
2013

Today Is #FairTuesday

Melissa     Everyday Abolitionist, Fair Trade, Partner Organization News     0

For the second year in a row, Stop Traffick Fashion is part of #Fair Tuesday. #FairTuesday is an ethical shopping initiative created in response to Black Friday and Cyber Monday. The goal of #FairTuesday is to inspire conscious consumerism and show how an everyday purchase can change lives in a whole community. #FairTuesday features fair trade, ethical, and eco-friendly brands and invites other businesses to take a step towards sustainability. Here’s how you can get involved: • Enter the #FairTuesday Pin-to-Win Contest. • Share the video above or the #FairTuesday website on social media. • Shop—with discounts!—from 150 fair trade,

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Nov

27
2013

What Does 32 Hours of Employment Look Like?

Melissa     Empower Women, Ethical Fashion     0

This holiday season, your gifts will make a difference to your friends and family. They’re part of the story of your relationships and your life. Gifts from STF are also part of the story of freedom and hope for survivors of human trafficking. Survivors who have been rescued from their captors make almost all of our accessories and receive income from STF sales. In addition, a portion of all sales revenue is donated back to our partner organizations that rescue victims and provide rehabilitation and training. It’s not just a feel-good, fluffy statement to say that your purchase equips women

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Nov

25
2013

Godiva’s Supply Chain

Melissa     Ethical Fashion, Fair Trade     0

From Green America: While other high-end chocolate companies use third-party certifcation to ensure that their products aren’t tainted with child slave labor and the exploitation of cocoa-producing communities, Godiva does not. The company insists that it requires its suppliers “to be in compliance with labor laws,” and donates some of its growing profits to organizations providing charitable work in cocoa-producing nations, but these efforts are no substitute for actually building a fair supply chain.  For this reason, we are urging Godiva to go Fair Trade.  No West African child should be forced to endure grueling cocoa-field labor for low or

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Nov

20
2013

Kevin Bales on Statistics, Brazil, and the Term Slavery

Melissa     Books & Resources, Everyday Abolitionist, Trafficking News & Information     0

In the above video from CNN, anti–human trafficking scholar Kevin Bales explains: • how his team estimates the number of people worldwide who are in slavery, • why Brazil is leading the way in fighting human trafficking, • his reasons for using a potentially loaded term—slavery, • and how “willful ignorance” is keeping the slave trade alive. To learn more from Bales, pick up of his books: Disposable People by Kevin Bales—Bales is a social researcher who examines slavery in the modern world by looking at the social and economic factors that drive it. The Slave Next Door by Ron

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Nov

08
2013

Working Together to End Human Trafficking

Melissa     Empower Women, Ethical Fashion, Everyday Abolitionist     0

Marissa Minter is one of the STF Campus Reps that we introduced you to in September. Already, she’s making strides against human trafficking at Baylor University. How can you use your natural networks to let others know about human trafficking? Here she shares for those interested in getting involved in the fight against human trafficking. Interested in getting involved in fighting human trafficking but don’t know where to start? The issue of human trafficking is huge. It can almost be overwhelming at times to think of the millions of people who suffer daily in the trafficking industry. I know I

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Nov

06
2013

Want to Joining the Fight Against Human Trafficking? Read—and Read More

Melissa     Empower Women, Everyday Abolitionist     0

Stacey Masur is one of the STF Campus Reps that we introduced you to in September. Already, she’s making strides against human trafficking at the University of Cincinnati. How can you use your natural networks to let others know about human trafficking? Here she shares how she became passionate about ending human trafficking. How I Learned About—and Became Passionate About Ending—Human Trafficking I first found out about human trafficking when I was in high school. A survivor gave a presentation at our school and I remember being horrified that this was happening in the state of Ohio. I guess I

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Oct

31
2013

Lattes, Consumerism, and Human Trafficking

Melissa     Ethical Fashion, Everyday Abolitionist, Fair Trade     0

Amber Cullen is one of the STF Campus Reps that we introduced you to in September. Already, she’s making strides against human trafficking at Bowling Green State University. How can you use your natural networks to let others know about human trafficking? Here she shares how a cup of coffee changed the way she thinks about money and human trafficking. A Reflection on How I Gave Consumerism a “Latte” of Thought and Ended Up Changing my Mindset “Your total is $4.55,” the cashier said after I had ordered the latte. I pulled out my magic plastic money card and watched

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