Friday, December 28, 2012

A Letter from a Chinese Laborer

Letter from Chinese Laborer Pleading for Help Found in Halloween Decorations

What disturbed me, almost as much as the text of the letter, was the lack of response the letter finder received from various human rights organizations.
The work is plenty but the laborers are few...  There are SO many human rights violations around the world and organizations are overwhelmed and simply don't have the manpower or the ability to respond to each request.  I have run into this issue myself when trying to figure out how to help.
Take it to your church, to your workplace...share the information and then pray, think...get creative.  There ARE things you can do (for instance, the last paragraph that discusses looking for items made in America to purchase instead of China...).  Don't give up hope, don't allow yourself to feel inconsequential.  Everyone has a place in this fight and everyone CAN do something to end these atrocities. 
Proverbs 31:8-9

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

In Local News

Convicted Tacoma man faces up to life in prison for sex trafficking

The film Rape for Profit, which shows the problem of human trafficking in the Seattle area, is now playing.  You can find show times and locations here

Proverbs 31:8-9

Monday, December 10, 2012

Strength & Courage

I can't imagine living for 10 years, knowing the horrors my daughter was enduring and not being able to stop it.

This woman, though, showed we are not powerless.  We are not incapable of fighting this evil.

Argentine Mom Rescues Sex Slaves, but not daughter

Proverbs 31:8-9

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Freedom and Fashion

People often ask me what they can do, specifically, to combat human trafficking.
The truth is, we unknowingly aid those who combat in persons on a daily basis.  What we look at, what we buy, where we shop...  even the food we eat.  I do it and I'm aware of trafficking issues and you can bet that, unless you make a serious, concious effort to do your research and shop where you KNOW the vendor guarantees they do not use any suppliers or themselves use slave labor, they probably do somewhere along their production line.  Please do not misunderstand - companies are not always aware they're using someone who trafficks in persons.  Others, though, simply do not care.
It is becoming a bigger issue - you have probably seen or heard stories about companies "caught" using slave labor in their production lines.  People are letting those companies know it is NOT ok.
Today, I learned about this website:  Freedom and Fashion.  Through this website, you can find clothing and accessories guaranteed fair trade.  I already have a few favorites.
I don't get a lot of time to work this blog (which is probably why it doesn't have a large readership) so I didn't email and get permission to publish pictures from each of Freedom and Fashion's partners.  I urge you, though, to head to the website and check out their "Partners."  It really looks like it'll be worth your time.
And you, by your purchase, will help someone, in a very large way, caught up in the ugly world of trafficking.
Seems to me to be a win.

Proverbs 31:8-9