The Lord continues to bring up the issue of sex trafficking and human slavery in my life and in the news, even though my dress campaign is over. Here are a couple recent examples:
1. LAST WEEK Indianapolis Police broke up a multi-state international sex-trafficking ring run by three brothers in northwest Indy that has been operating in Indianapolis and other nearby cities for 10 years. During the raid 19 men were arrested who were actively involved in the trade. The news report said that the men advertised using business cards that “look” like they are for auto repair services and western wear, that each “service” cost $40-50, and the women were forced to do this in order to “work off the cost of smuggling them into the country”.
2. At my aforementioned patch making party, my friend Sara brought her new roommate Whitney, who just started a job at The Center for Global Impact. Her specific job is to promote and advertise the products of ByTavi, purses, bags and scarves made by women in Phnom Phen Cambodia who have either been rescued out of sex slavery or who are headed in that direction because it is literally their only chance at survival. These are women who have no other opportunity for work, and through this organization they are given skills to sew. 100% of the proceeds from the bags go back to the women or into the program to keep it going, allowing them to rescue more women and provide more jobs. The products are affordable, stylish and beautiful, and like the postcard below says, do so much more than just making a fashion statement! Click on the link above or check out bytavi.com for more info!
3. At the same party, we were also talking about the rising prevalence of sex trafficking in the US, and the sneaky ways people advertise their ‘business’. The biggest opportunities for this occur during major sporting events like the World Cup, Super Bowl, etc….anything that brings in large crowds of people. Many traffickers use billboards and business cards that look innocent on the surface, just like the men in the news story above – advertising houses, clothing, cars, valet services and more. You just have to know what you are looking for to get to the truth.