How much money do you think you are worth? Can I answer the question for you? I think you are priceless. According to DoSomething.Org the average cost of a slave is $90.00. Eighty percent of slaves are sexually exploited. There are around 20 million slaves around the world today. This number is staggering and it is hard to believe. Many times we think human trafficking only occurs in other countries, however, 800,000 are trafficked here in the United States. 20 million priceless human beings are being sold short of the life every person has the right to live.
It is easy to get overwhelmed by numbers. Lets talk about solutions. There are many people getting involved to stop this huge industry. For example, Ashton Kutcher saved 6,000 trafficking victims and arrested 2,000 traffickers. Surprised? I was too. He is not the only one! When a victim or survivor is rescued the next step is to get used to life again. This is where you and fashion come in. Many fashion brands exist to help provide jobs and resources to those who have survived the trauma of human tracking. Here are a few fashion brands who believe that every human being is priceless.
1 | SUDARA GOODS
Sudara Goods does not hide what they do. Using a large team of passionate people, Sudara, is in the business of freedom. Opening the page to their beautiful website is a photo of a women throwing a scarf into the wind, with the line, “A Year to Be Brave”. You can find women, mens and kids clothing at Sudara.
What you will want to own: Yagi Capi
2 | THE TOTE PROJECT
Fay Grant and Michelle Chavez started The Tote Project not only to help women come out of the industry, but also to support survivors pursue their dreams. Fay and Michelle believe that if buyers #HoldOnToHope each person can make a difference in a really dark aspect of culture today.
What you will want to own: Hold On to Hope Tote
3 | PURPOSE JEWELRY
You shouldn’t have to sacrifice style to make a difference. That is what the team behind Purpose Jewelry believe. The brand works with survivors of human tracking in Mumbai, India and Orange County, CA. The women who have fought and won are in every step of the process. When you buy a gorgeous necklace or a pair of earrings you are providing fair wage and freedom to a woman you may never meet. Each jewelry piece has a hand written note attached from the artisan.
What you will want to own: Aasha Necklace
By Hannah Lynn
Founder of TheFullColorLife Blog
Inspired by working in Broadcasting I started writing TheFullColorLife to breath life and light into the fashion industry. Besides running a successful blog and writing about fashion, I am a morning show sound engineer and radio personality for Karl and June Mornings, Chicago. I am also a content writer for Ready Pretty, an awesome stylist site. I also enjoy eating donuts.