January is human trafficking awareness month. Here at Open Our Eyes, we would like to give our community an opportunity to get involved in the cause. Human trafficking is a world issue, and have decided to donate half of the proceeds from our bracelet to Red Thread Movement, a non-profit with the following mission:
Generate awareness of the global human rights crime of sexual slavery, particularly of women and young girls.
Raise financial support for efforts to end sex trafficking in Nepal.
Educate girls in Nepal to actively prevent sex trafficking on the front lines.
Here are the chilling statistics you will find on Red Thread Project’s website:
“There are more people in slavery today than at the height of the Atlantic slave trade.
Adults and children in forced labor, bonded labor, and forced prostitution around the world: 12.3 million (Trafficking in Persons Report, 2010).
After drugs, human trafficking is the world’s second largest criminal enterprise (U.S. State Department).
The global market of child trafficking is over $12 billion a year, with over
2 million child victims (UNICEF).
The average age of entry for children victimized by the sex trade industry is 12 years old. (U.S. Department of Justice).
There are nearly 300,000 children at risk every year for commercial sexual exploitation (U.S. Department of Justice).
It has been estimated that 100,000 minors are in the commercial sex trade in the United States (Polaris Project).
Approximately 80% of human trafficking victims are women and girls… up to 50% are minors (U.S. State Department).
An estimated 30-40,000 women and girls are trafficked across the border of Nepal into India every year (although most documents say 12,000, many Nepalese NGOs, including KIN, expect that the number is much higher based on the number of trafficking situations they’re encountering at the border units on a daily basis).
In a single Red Light District in Mumbai, there are approximately 20,000 Nepalese girls in forced prostitution (KIN).
By age 16, approximately 60% of Nepalese girls in the brothels in Mumbai have contracted HIV (KIN).”
Although these truths are heart-wrenching, there is always hope. You can make a difference by helping organizations like Red Thread Movement to generate more awareness and educate more women in area’s susceptible to human trafficking.
For more information about Red Thread Movement, visit their website at redthreadmovement.org
Our Jac Vanek bracelets can be purchased here.