Tuesday, March 04, 2014

Stop it now.

Human trafficking. Sex trafficking. Slavery.

It goes by several ugly names. It's hard to imagine that it even happens in our world, but it does. And not just in our world, in our town. In our communities. In our back yards. On our streets.

What is human trafficking?
Human trafficking is modern day slavery and is the fastest growing criminal industry in the world. It is the recruitment, transportation, harboring, or taking of persons by means of threat, force, coercion, abduction, fraud, or deception for the purpose of exploiting them. The United Nations estimates that 2.5 million people are trafficked annually. It deprives people of their human rights and freedoms, it is a global health risk, and it fuels organized crime.
Victims of trafficking are forced or coerced into labor or sexual exploitation. Labor trafficking ranges from domestic servitude and small-scale labor operations to large-scale operations such as farms, sweatshops, and major multinational corporations.
Sex trafficking also happens to U.S. citizens and residents already residing within the U.S. borders. An estimated 300,000 American children are at risk for trafficking into the sex industry annually. Traffickers coerce women and children to enter the commercial sex industry through the use of a variety of recruitment and control mechanisms in strip clubs, street-based prostitution, escort services, and brothels.

We know that blessings are not just meant to go TO us, but rather go THROUGH us.
And we're blessed to be able to give to ICT S.O.S.! Half of the proceeds from each Be The Change bracelet gets donated to help stop slavery.

BUT... there's more! An anonymous donor will match our funds!! 100% of each bracelet purchase goes to this wonderful cause!
Thank you for allowing us to give!

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