Taking Down Human Trafficking in a Dress

A few of my readers and fellow ethical fashionistas may already be participating in Dressember. Dressember is a campaign to raise awareness and funds to help end human trafficking. Fashionistas wear dresses or ties every day of the month of December while collecting donations which, through the Dressember campaign, are distributed to 12 anti-human trafficking organizations. These organizations work to help end human trafficking through education, rescue and recovery. What is human trafficking? It is modern-day slavery. When you think of slavery the first thing you may think about is the legal commodification of Indigenous peoples of the Americas and Africa, brought to Europe and the Americas for labor and sexual abuse. Today, much like the past, human trafficking takes on various forms. Labor trafficking includes people being forced to sew your clothes or pick the food that gets exported to your country for you to purchase at the grocery store. Sex trafficking is simply put, coercion leading to forced prostitution. It isn’t always hidden either. In my own community there have been cases of sex trafficking through massage parlors. Even clothes I own and wear which were made in developing countries (before I decided to be a conscious shopper) may have been made in a factory which had horrendous labor conditions/pay and even labor trafficking. The food you pick up at the grocery store or even buy from a restaurant may be sourced from a plantation that have forced labor. Our world is so global and connected.

What can you do? 

Check out the links through the Dressember website to become a conscious consumer. You can also make a donation to the Dressember foundation to help fund organizations that directly work to help end human trafficking. Whatever you do, remember that making a difference doesn’t have to be huge. Changing how you buy and making even a small donation helps make a difference. 🙂

God bless and Merry Christmas,

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