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 aboutRead more
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 pimpsRead more
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.
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,Read more
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 otherRead more
Be Part of Empowering Employment for 2014
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 inRead more
Steps Toward Ethical Fashion in Bangladesh
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 newRead more
What Does 32 Hours of Employment Look Like?
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 womenRead more
Working Together to End Human Trafficking
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 IRead more