Did you know that January is Human Trafficking month?
Human trafficking is all around us. Every year, thousands of men, women and children fall into the hands of traffickers, in their own countries and abroad. Almost every country in the world is affected by trafficking, whether as a country of origin, transit or destination for victims.
This can seem overwhelming and like there is nothing we can do to combat it. What can a young professional, working empty nester or stay-at-home mom with 3 children do?
She has a desire to make a difference.
A desire to save girls who are enslaved is there.
A desire to tell a woman that she is beautiful, worthy and so deeply loved when her traffickers have told her different is there.
But what can she do? She can take a stand in 2 ways.
1. She can share with others how they can take a stand and make a difference.
She can educate! She can learn about and share with others how to identify and help a trafficking victim.
She can share about ethical brands where you can shop knowing your purchase was made ethically and not by slave labor.
She can share about companies like International Justice Mission (IJM) is doing and inspire others to encourage members of Congress to lead in the fight for freedom.
2. She can put her money where her desire is. For these women - women like my sister, my best friend or my mom - purchasing a necklace created by survivors of human trafficking is telling others she is taking a stand and making a difference.
She can share with others that her necklace provides dignity and hope-filled futures for the lives of girls rescued from human trafficking. She can share how each necklace is signed by a woman who was formerly trafficked and now living a free, healthy life.
You can take a stand against human trafficking in the way that you can right now. Whether it's purchasing an item that is creating change or educating friends and family about human trafficking, you can make a difference. Be proud of that!
We are so proud of you and so many like you who are taking a stand for what they believe in in the way they can right now.
Thank you for taking a stand in what you believe and thank you for being a part of this community.