I believe in a world without slavery. I believe in a world where dignity is not an afterthought and where every individual believes the truth that they are irreplaceable and not disposable. Help me to reach my Dressember campaign goal of $600 to rescue & restore people victimized by Human Trafficking.
- It is projected that there are about 40.3 million victims of human trafficking worldwide. (United Nations)
- 25% of human trafficking victims are children. (ILO)
- Human Trafficking is a $150 billion industry. (ILO)
- Human trafficking has been reported in all 50 U.S. States. (Human Rights First)
- 71% of trafficking victims around the world or women and girls and 29% are men and boys. (ILO)
About 20.9 million people internationally are trapped in forced labor. This means that state authorities, businesses, and individuals exploit people in order to gain a profit off of their work. Forced labor is used to produce many products in our global supply chain and is most prominently used in fishing, textiles, construction, and agriculture. Forced labor can include sexual services as well.
It is estimated that there are 4.5 million victims of sex trafficking worldwide. The international definition of sex trafficking is “recruitment, transportation, transfer, harboring or receipt of persons who under threat, force, coercion, fraud, deception or abuse of power are sexually exploited for financial gain.” Victims are usually coerced through false promises of employment or educational opportunities.
More than a quarter of the world’s victims of human trafficking are children. Child labor is defined as “the enslavement (i.e., sale, trafficking, debt bondage, serfdom, compulsory labor) of anyone under the age of 18.” When it comes to sex trafficking in the United States, the standard price for sex typically costs $30.00, and a child can see 25-48 customers a day. So, a trafficker can potentially earn up to $150,000-200,000 per child a year. Child labor can take place in other industries as well such as domestic servitude and working in the global supply chain, especially in the textile industry.
The international definition of forced marriage is, “an institution or practice where individuals don’t have the option to refuse or are promised and married to another by their parents, guardians, relatives or other people and groups.” Forced marriage is most prominent in impoverished countries in Africa and South Asia but there are still cases of forced marriage in North America and European countries.
Domestic servitude is a type of human trafficking that occurs in plain sight. It is disguised as “live-in” help and they are normally “working” as maids, nannies or other domestic help. The group that is most susceptible to domestic servitude are people from foreign countries. They are usually promised real employment and then end up in situations where they are not able to leave for reasons such as a large debt or the withholding of their legal documentation.
So what can you do to make a difference?
- Become aware of what trafficking looks like and know what to do when you see signs of human trafficking.
- Become involved with organizations locally that support and restore victims of human trafficking. Know the National Human Trafficking Hotline number to help those immediately.
- Purchase with purpose; buy from fair trade and ethically minded businesses that support and pay their employees a living and fair wage.
- Participate in the A21 annual Walk for Freedom in October.
- Support Dressember – I’m not wearing a dress every day anymore but you can continue to give to Dressember that gives to 12 Grant Partners that work in unique ways across the US and the globe to reduce, rescue, and restore. Donate to my Dressember campaign through the end of January. For every $10 donation I will wear a dress a day, so $20 donation, 2 days in a dress! Since I want to raise an addition $300, that’s another 30 days in dresses! I’ll wear them consecutively into February if need be!
To find out more:
The Typology of Modern Slavery by Polaris https://polarisproject.org/sites/default/files/Polaris-Typology-of- Modern-Slavery.pdf
The Global Slavery Index https://www.globalslaveryindex.org/
Council of Foreign Relations Modern Slavery Info Guide: https://www.cfr.org/interactives/modern-slavery/
Data in this post from the Dressember.org blog.