7 Brands Fighting Human Trafficking You Need To Know About
The International Labour Organization estimates that there are 20.9 million victims of human trafficking globally. A staggering 26% of them are children, and 55% are women and girls. Although there are is no official estimate of the total number of human trafficking victims in the U.S., Polaris Project estimates that “the total number of victims nationally reaches into the hundreds of thousands when estimates of both adults and minors and sex trafficking and labor trafficking are aggregated.”
These numbers tell only a part of the story. There are seven brands in particular that have heard the victims’ stories first hand and are driven to change the narrative. I have gotten to know the founders of many of these brands, and I am in awe of their determination to lead the fight. More importantly, I hope they will inspire you to join them in changing the story.Many victims of human trafficking are branded; their captors physically mark them with a number or symbol. The process is often violent: a forced tattoo, a burn or knife cut. Lauren Carpenter and Emily Landham founded BRANDED Collective, a jewelry company that employs survivors of human trafficking from Nashville-based non-profit End Slavery Tennessee. The women work with local artisans to design and handcraft the jewelry collection.
Each BRANDED Collective piece contains a unique number that represents one of the millions trapped in the nightmare of trafficking. Their vision is that the collective of purchasers, survivors, and artisans will wear the story, share the story, and change the story together.
Through wearing Ethic Goods, you become a meaningful part of her story and give freedom to women around the world.
PURPOSE Jewelry has worked with hundreds of young women around the world for the past ten years. The art of jewelry making paired with holistic care ensures every artisan receives freedom and hope for the future. Holistic care is provided through their non-profit, International Sanctuary, and includes education, health care, and counseling. Their program provides every artisan with the life skills and opportunities to succeed.
ABLE was founded with the goal of providing these women with the opportunity to earn a living, empowering them to end the cycle of poverty that kept them trapped. The lifestyle brand manufactures directly in the communities they wish to impact, both locally and globally, creating jobs and ending the cycle of charity dependency. ABLE has grown from producing a single collection of hand-woven scarves to a full offering that includes leather goods, hand-made jewelry, denim, and footwear.
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