Cries for freedom can be heard all across the world. Soldiers cry for freedom for their countries, Teenagers cry for freedom from their parents. In almost every nation, ethnic groups, the cries of freedom can be heard. But sadly that cries are not often heard or even answered.
One of the biggest groups, whose cries for freedom are often overlooked is those who are victims of human trafficking. Human trafficking is not a victimless crime. But sadly, it is a crime that is often overlooked in our society. There are two reasons 1) Sex sells and the other is the Pollyanna or Ostrich idea that if we don’t see it, it is not happening.
But folks let me tell you Human Trafficking is happening all around the world and might even be happening in your own neighborhood.
Here are some facts that I hope will shock you and make you take action
- The International Labour Organization estimates that there are 40.3 million people who have fallen victim to this.
- It is estimated that this industry is a $150 billion dollar business worldwide.
- And most of these victims are of every race and nationality. So that excuse, it will never happen to me won’t hold true. It could and might just happen to you.
So that is why we need to be proactive in our response to this human tragedy. One such organization is doing just by not only raising awareness of this issue but also raising money to help get these workers out of their slave contracts.
Honest moment here: I will admit that I was one of those with the Pollyanna approach saying this couldn’t be happening in my community. But it wasn’t until I started hearing a few close friends like Molly from Still Being Molly and my former guest blogger, Beverly the Executive Director of the Wayne Pregnancy Center did I really start to open my eyes to the problem that surrounds us.
And when I heard Cry Freedom Missions, I just knew that I had to join in on the cause. Cry Freedom Missions is a jewelry line that was created by Tara Lancaster. All the jewelry is made by survivors of human trafficking. That’s right survivors, not victims because their cries for freedom were heard. These workers are given an escape out of the life of slavery- in not only by earning an honest wage but also by being given a sense of self-worth. Something that a lot of these workers have never felt before.
The key necklace in all of the above pictures is just one example of the beautiful pieces of work that can be purchased through their website or if you are local to North Carolina, a new shop that will open on Center Street in Goldsboro, this week. ( I will be attending an event on Tuesday, so I hope I will be able to give you a sneak peek of this beautiful shop.)
So please join me and start listening to their cries for freedom.