What is "Modern Day Slavery"?
Bond / Debt Slavery
Forced to work to pay off a debt; often continuing long after the debt has been repaid, even into the next generation.
Human trafficking is the trade of humans for the purpose of forced labor, sexual slavery, or commercial sexual exploitation for the trafficker or others. This may encompass providing a spouse in the context of forced marriage, or the extraction of organs or tissues, including for surrogacy and ova removal.
Worldwide, 1 in 4 victims is a child, forced into physical labor, domestic slavery, fighters in armed conflict, sexual abuse, child marriage, and other illicit activities.*
All around the world, human trafficking is a serious crime and a grave violation of human rights, yet 40 million people are trapped in these horrific conditions today.
The number is too large to even visualize. Let’s just try to wrap our heads around the enormity of 40,000,000 …
What’s the equivalent to approximately 40 million people?
Let’s say you’re at the Super Bowl with 73,000 others in a sold-out crowd. Go back the next day with a totally different crowd. Repeat this with another new crowd of strangers every… single… day… for 548 days… A new person in every one of those seats, day after day, for one and a half YEARS … all trapped in a form of slavery.
The numbers are as mind-blowing and incomprehensible as the crimes. Yet so many remain unaware qthat slavery even exists today. In fact, relatively few even know of the fight going on around them.
Trades of Hope began partnering with a new artisan group in rural Asia last year in an area where women often fall prey to sex trafficking in order to support their families. This artisan group is rescuing women out of brothels and providing healthy work and rehabilitation in a supportive environment.
The holistic care the women are given provides opportunities for vocational training, healthcare, shelter, counseling, and education grants for the women and their children. Through community outreach programs, a path for hope and restoration has been given to empower these women towards a joyful future.
None of this is possible without women like you.
The women who sell these and other artisans’ handcrafted products through Trades of Hope are called “Compassionate Entrepreneurs“, or “CEs”. Over 6,000 CEs are changing lives daily. Each piece a CE sells symbolizes hope and represents that artisan rising out of poverty. Just as important, every time a CE shares a beautiful catalog with someone, they raise awareness and show others a way they can help create change for people in poverty and slavery. Real, lasting change.
Won't You Stand with Us?
Forty million is unacceptable. X
If you’re willing to step up and take a stand for those around the world suffering in poverty and forms of slavery… you have the power to do something about it.
You can help these women become the heroes of their own stories by empowering them.