A few weeks ago, I posted about Not For Sale, an organization striving to bring awareness to the huge issue of human trafficking. Their mission is simple: Stand with those who are enslaved, work together to free them, and empower them in their freedom to break the cycle of vulnerability. Today and tomorrow, I’ll be at their event Global Forum on Human Trafficking. The event features over 50 speakers from around the world, including actress Mira Sorvino,Duchess of York Sarah Ferguson, boxing World Champion Manny Pacquiao, Archbishop Desmond Tutu and the founder of Twitter, Jack Dorsey. I’m especially excited to hear Kindley Walsh-Lawlor, VP of Social and Environmental Responsibility at Gap, speak!
Below you’ll find their SlaveryMap, which allows people to report incidents of slavery in their area.
This is something that is a real life problem in our country and in our cities. Sex slaves, child slaves, labor slaves, service slaves – this is only a problem that continues to keep growing at a scary and rapid rate. There are over 27 million slaves in the world, half of them being children. It’s a 30 billion dollar industry. Does this upset anyone else?
I was thrilled when I found out that AllSaints [think the UK-based brand that creates amazing sweaters!] partnered with Not for Sale for a T-shirt collection – proceeds go straight back to NFS. The goal is to promote the shared vision of Not For Sale and AllSaints to prevent forced labour and end human trafficking. Start shopping! I’m hoping to get a shirt later today.
If this is something that interests you or you have questions, you’re in luck! The Global Forum will be broadcast live tomorrow here from 11 am – 6 pm and Saturday from 10 am – 4 pm. Also, I’ll be tweeting key learnings from the event – so send me any questions via Twitter (@luckyandi) and I’ll try to find answers! Enjoy your Friday, xo!
*To read other blogs about human trafficking and organizations and individuals taking a stand to make a difference, read these posts: Because Justice Matters and One Dress,Six Months (about The Daughter Project).