I love this time of year, Thanksgiving with a lot of great food, family and friends and the beginning of the Christmas season. Maybe Black Friday is your thing or maybe Cyber Monday (both of which are now becoming weeks instead of days), whatever way you enjoy your holiday shopping I would love to share a few “slave-free” options. With an estimated 20 million people enslaved globally today, it’s easy to say that human trafficking and modern day slavery are an epidemic hitting our society as a whole…and hitting us hard. Many of our items that we purchase on a regular basis and especially during the holidays, such as clothing, coffee and chocolate are made with slave labor (including child labor). These are precious people who are trafficked and/or exploited into harvesting materials and making these items for retail. We can take a stand against slavery, do something about it and still buy our loved ones beautiful gifts. When you are out shopping look for labels that read,”Fair Trade,” or you can also check out below just some of the websites that are out there. There is no better time to start doing something for our fellow man than now. Anne Frank once said, “How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.” Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and happy shopping!
*Fair trade coffee and chocolate can be found at local grocery stores.
*Girl Set Free
*iSanctuary/ Purpose Jewelry
MORE INFORMATION ON LABOR TRAFFICKING AND FORCED LABOR
Reading the book, The Hiding Place by Corrie Ten Boom, again has brought to my heart an encouragement of great proportions. If so many could risk their lives to hide and save thousands of Jews, elderly, disabled, young men and others the Nazis deemed unworthy during that nefarious regime, we can surely do something to rescue those who are led away to captivity today. We can certainly refuse to do nothing. There is an estimated 27 million people enslaved in the world today and millions more who know nothing about it. Millions of fellow human beings, who if they all did just one simple act, would make, at the very least, a profound dent on modern day slavery. What is one simple act that every person could do?
*Participate in an activity that is raising funds to fight trafficking, especially if it is for a safe house for victims of human trafficking.
*Donate to safe houses, projects bringing awareness or organizations that are actively working with victims.
*Educate yourself on the evils of trafficking and then spread the news, the more who know the better.
*Encourage law makers to create laws to fight trafficking and protect victims.
Again, we can all refuse to do nothing because one simple act can mean everything to one trapped in captivity. As Dr. Seuss once said, “Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.”
Check out A Light in the Night 5k/Fun Run, Walk to END Human Trafficking at alightinthenight.org