Today is World Day Against Trafficking in Persons, as designated by the United Nations. Here at the International Princess Project offices in California we remember the millions of people worldwide who are trapped in modern-day slavery at this very moment. Modern-day slavery, also known as human trafficking, comes in many forms. Sex trafficking, labor trafficking, child trafficking, debt bondage, and child soldiers are just some forms of modern-day slavery that exist. Every single person trapped in this horrific trade deserves a life of freedom, dignity, and hope. If we all work together and create a worldwide network to help end modern-day slavery, we can make a difference! It begins with being aware of the signs of human trafficking, being a conscious consumer by making purchases that help survivors become self-sustaining, and being an advocate against human trafficking in your own community!
One way you can help create awareness in your community today is by joining us, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, and fellow advocates worldwide in the #igivehope campaign. Take a photo of you or a friend with your hands in a heart, then share it over social media with information on human trafficking and the #igivehope hashtag. We did it in our office this morning, and you can too! See more information in the UNOCD infographic below.
In our offices we work to help break the generational cycle of human trafficking through the sale of PUNJAMMIES™. Today, as everyday, we remember the women in our sewing centers. These women have overcome so much in their pasts, yet have so much hope and vision for their futures. With the above fair-trade wages they receive sewing PUNJAMMIES™, they now provide for themselves and their families. We want to thank you for purchasing PUNJAMMIES™ and for showing these women that you appreciate them and that you love the product they make! Our hope for the future is that we can provide hundreds of job opportunities for women survivors of human trafficking through PUNJAMMIES™ so that we can help break the generational cycle of human trafficking and all walk towards a future where all are free, dignified, and hopeful.
For Freedom’s Sake,
Christine, summer intern