Of the individuals extracted out of impoverished countries and trafficked across international borders, 80 percent are female and 50 percent are children, some ending up in the garment factories producing clothing you may be wearing…such are the facts stated in one of my recent reads #notforsale by David Batstone which only reinforces our commitment to ethically made products based on fair payment as well as recognition of all the female designers and artisans we collaborate with.
The stories captured in this book are down-right horrible and even unbelievable that in the 21st century, modern day slavery still occurs and perhaps in our very backyards. But what is more remarkable are the quintessential stories of modern abolitionists portrayed within its pages. They are fighting for justice as they recognize that human freedom is threatened in our time due to powerful forces aimed at turning human beings into mere commodities.
Most of these abolitionists are women, who believe as individuals they must act to make a difference in another child or woman’s life. Some launch a second career or business in order fulfill someone else’s dreams to build a future in freedom, equipping them with skills or providing job security and financial independence, thereby yielding long-term success stories as these women are no longer vulnerable to slavery and trafficking for the sake of cheap trendy items such as another quickly discarded shirt. And by being aware of #whomadeyourclothes, asking questions about where your fabrics come from and choosing consciously about what you buy, you are part of the success story! 💪😙🌿