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Holiday Shopping Guide: Yahana Bracelet

In Awareness, Human Trafficking, Social Justice on December 7, 2013 at 3:10 pm


Yanaha means “brave” in Navajo. This bracelet is hand-beaded on a traditional Navajo loom and made with high quality seed beads. After the pattern is arranged on the loom, the beads are sewn onto genuine deerskin lining from a local New Mexico leather company. On average, this bracelet takes over six hours to make and stitch! 

When you purchase an Etkie bracelet, you are directly supporting a female Navajo artisan in New Mexico to earn a living wage and gain confidence and independence to achieve her goals.

Additional Information

  • 1” wide
  • 6” long, adjustable band
  • Deerskin lining

Source/Buy: Etkie

Holiday Shopping Guide: Freedom Candle

In Awareness, Human Trafficking, Social Justice on December 6, 2013 at 3:12 pm


We’ve managed to create a fresh, clean scent that embodies the comfort of fall. Our hand-poured, unbleached beeswax candle will produce minimal soot and a bright, steady flame for beautiful illumination.

The essential oils in this candle are made by farmers in South Africa. Because of this employment these farmers are creating a new way life – they can send their children to school and they have the reassurance that tomorrow will be better than today.

50% of the profits from our Freedom Line are donated to organizations that are working

to end human trafficking in Thailand, Nepal, Myanmar, Greece, Columbia, the Philippines, the Netherlands, Canada, and the United States.

Additional Information

  • Hand-poured, 100% beeswax, 100% cotton wick, ethically sourced essential oils from India.
  • Burn Time: 50-60 hrs

Source/Buy: Phoster Candles


In Awareness, Human Trafficking on December 4, 2013 at 10:03 am



Source: MTV Exit

Made in a Free World: Who Made My –?

In Awareness, Child Labor, Debt Bondage among Migrant Workers, Forced Labor, Human Trafficking on December 3, 2013 at 2:55 pm


Source: Made in a Free World


The CNN Freedom Project – Educator and Parent Guide

In Awareness, Human Trafficking on December 3, 2013 at 12:59 pm

Description: This year, CNN will join the fight to end modern-day slavery and shine a spotlight on the horrors of modern-day slavery. The CNN Freedom Project will amplify the voices of the victims, highlight success stories and help unravel the complicated tangle of criminal enterprises trading in human life. You can find more information and stories at The CNN Freedom Project.

If you choose to use this project with your students, you may want to use these questions and learning activities to help your students understand the problem of modern-day slavery and steps that can be taken to end it.

Teachers and Parents: The themes of the Freedom Project include the sex trade, human trafficking, torture and murder. We urge you to preview all videos and content to make sure that they are appropriate for your students.

Source/Material: CNN Freedom Project

Members of France’s Parliament vote to support law criminalizing sex buyers

In Awareness, Forced Prostitution, Human Trafficking, Prostitution, Sex Trafficking, Social Justice on December 3, 2013 at 10:00 am

On November 29, 2013, French MPs voted in support of a version of the Swedish law on prostitution that criminalizes the purchase of sex with a fine of 1500 ($2040 US). The fine is doubled for a second offense. The French Parliament also repealed criminalization of people selling sex, and proposed setting aside 20 million for programs helping women to exit prostitution. 

This vote is part of a global trend that challenges buying sex and understands as the Swedish law does that buying sex causes harm and that those in prostitution need social and economic support to escape. In France, 90% of those in prostitution are very poor, pimped or trafficked. A 2011 study by researchers from Germany’s Goettingen and Heidelberg universities and the London School of Economics, which assessed data from 150 countries, concluded that legalizing prostitution led to increased trafficking. The proposed law will be voted on by the National Assembly and then put to a vote in the French Senate.

Since prostitution is an activity that must be advertised, it is not going to be “driven underground” as critics of the bill allege. Maud Olivier, a feminist lawmaker who supports the bill, blasted the “hypocrisy” of critics, “One prostitute declares herself free and the slavery of others becomes respectable and acceptable?”

Our bodies are not merchandise

“Prostitution is Violence, Vote for Abolition” and “Our bodies are not merchandise”

December 2nd: International Day for the Abolition of Slavery

In Awareness, Human Trafficking on December 2, 2013 at 4:58 pm


MTV Exit: Join the Freedom Pledge

In Awareness, Human Trafficking on December 2, 2013 at 2:55 pm

Human trafficking is modern slavery and it’s happening in every country in the world right NOW. There are an estimated 21 MILLION men, women and children living as modern slaves today.

December 2nd is the International Day for the Abolition of Slavery. By taking the Freedom Pledge on Google+, you can help raise awareness about this global crime.

If knowledge is freedom then we all have the power to end modern slavery.

Take the pledge:


Source: MTV Exit


In Awareness, Human Trafficking on October 6, 2013 at 1:32 pm

Human trafficking by the numbers

In Awareness, Human Trafficking on October 5, 2013 at 1:21 pm

Here are some interesting facts from the foundation and worth considering:

  • 100,000 — number of U.S. kids exploited annually in the commercial sex industry.
  • 13 — the average age when a child is first exploited
  • 70 — percentage of victims reporting physical or sexual abuse in their home
  • $1.5 million — estimated revenue a pimp can get from a five-girl prostitution ring
  • 1,900 — 2012 calls from Texas to the National Human Trafficking Resource Center
  • 9 — bills passed in Texas to protect victims and prosecute traffickers
  • $1.9 million — grants to the Dallas Women’s Foundation in the last four years to support prevention, victim assistance and advocacy in North Texas.

Source: Dallas Morning View Blog

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