BENEFITING: Durga Tree International, Inc.
Hope you are all well and safe and healthy and happy.
This month we are raising money for Durga Tree International - committed to demolishing human trafficking (slavery) around the world.
Durga Tree is a charitable organization that provides support to small operations that offer Rescue, Education, Housing, Legal services to people who don't have the freedoms we all do: 27 million adults and 13 million CHILDREN around the world who are victims of human trafficking . . .
More details are below and the website is www.durgatreeinternational.org.
If you'd like to participate this month, please contribute by OCTOBER 31st.
We don’t think about human trafficking every day . . . but this heinous crime affects our communities, what we buy and the people around us. Here are five things to know about human trafficking and why we’re raising as much money as we can:
1. Human trafficking is slavery.
Period. It involves one person controlling another and exploiting him or her for work. Human trafficking is a business that generates billions of dollars a year where victims are trapped physically, psychologically, financially or emotionally by their traffickers.
2. It's happening where you live.
Stories about human trafficking are often set in far-away places like Cambodia. But human trafficking happens in here in the US. Enslaved farm workers have been found harvesting tomatoes in Florida and picking strawberries in California. Young girls have been forced into prostitution in Toledo, Atlanta, Wichita, Los Angeles, and elsewhere. And victims have been found working in restaurants, hotels, nail salons, and shops in small towns and booming cities. Wherever you live, chances are some form of human trafficking is around you.
3. It's happening to people just like you.
Human trafficking doesn't discriminate. Most of the human trafficking victims in the world are female and under 18, but men, older adults, children from middle-class families, women with college degrees, and people from dominant religious or ethnic groups can be trafficking victims too.
4. Products you eat, wear, and use every day may have been made by human trafficking victims.
Human trafficking isn't just in your town - it's in your home. Human trafficking victims are forced to make many of the products we use every day. If your kitchen is stocked with rice, chocolate, fresh produce, fish, or coffee, those edibles might have been harvested by trafficking victims. If you're wearing gold jewelry, athletic shoes, or cotton underwear, you might be wearing something made by slaves. And if your home contains a rug, a soccer ball, fresh flowers, a cell phone, or Christmas decorations, then slavery is quite possibly in your house. Human trafficking in the production of consumer goods is so widespread, most people in America have worn, touched, or consumed a product of slavery at some point.
5. We can stop human trafficking in our lifetime.
The good news is not only that we can end human trafficking around the world, we can end it within a generation. But to achieve that goal, everyone needs to work together.
Together, we can fight human trafficking … and win.