Slavery (noun) The state of one bound in servitude as the property of a slaveholder or household.
Slavery is not legal anywhere in the world today. No where is it ok to own another human being. Modern day slavery a.k.a. human trafficking, is the 2nd largest criminal industry worldwide. There are an estimated 27 million victims of slavery on earth today. Of that 27 million, 70% are female and 50% are minors.
Human trafficking happens all over the world, even here in the United States. An estimated 15,000-18,000 people are trafficked into the U.S. annually. In the U.S. these slaves are used as domestic and field workers or sold into the sex trade.
Sex slavery is big business. Worldwide it generates an estimated $7 billion annually. Destitute families around the world sell their children for as little as $150. The traffickers can turn around and sell the children to a brothel for $1000.
There are many organizations worldwide doing what they can to educate parents and rescue victims. One such agency is The Emancipation Network or TEN. They help rescued survivors rebuild their lives by education, training in handicrafts to create sustainable income, and reintegrating them into society. TEN offers shelters, healthcare and legal aid to survivors. Most victims who were sold or abducted into slavery cannot return to their family’s. When they are ready to move out and start fresh, TEN offers rent support, medical care and continuing education.
TEN helps prevent trafficking by working in high risk communities to train adults and create sustainable income. Often as little as $100 a year in addition income will allow a family to not need to sell a child into slavery!
What can you do to help?
- You can purchase the beautiful handmade products at Made by Survivors.
- You can host a home party or community awareness event. http://madebysurvivors.com/HowYouCanHelp
- Donate to The Emancipation Network via Just Give
Today’s giveaway is for a beautiful Eco-Chic Wood Handled Tote Bag in Blue and White
Ultra-green product! This unique wood-handled purse from our Eco-chic collection measures 15″ x 15″ and is made from reclaimed garbage – plastic shopping bags that were littering the landscape of Ahmedabad India. The bags have been collected, washed and woven on a loom to create the ultimate bag and matching small case, laptop case, and camera case. The bag sells for $24 at Made by Survivors.
How to Enter
Mandatory entry: Visit The Emancipation Network and learn more about the plight of human trafficking. Then come back here and leave me a comment about something you learned about this international crisis.
Bonus entries: You may chose to complete any or all of these after completing the mandatory entry. Leave a comment for each one you complete.
- 5 entries for making a purchase from the Made by Survivors store.
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This contest is open to US residents only and the winner will be chosen by Random.org on May 9th at 5pm.