Photo by Clem Onojeghuo
Sadly, human trafficking is still real in our world and has no place for it. Though we can all agree that we must come together and join in the prevention, there are nonprofits, government entities, NGOs and social good businesses who have pledged to fight and end this appalling truth. Supporting them supports the fight.
Social good businesses help in three ways. They either:
- Give back to nonprofits that help in the fight of human trafficking.
- Employ the victims of human trafficking giving them hope and means to support themselves.
- Do both!
There are several ways the average consumer can support social good businesses who make the cause of ending human trafficking their mission. Here are a few we discovered:
Clever and one-of-a-kind cards their card makers are women who have escaped sex trafficking in the Philippines.
Co-founders Fay Grant and Michelle Chavez are both activists in the fight of human trafficking. They founded The Tote Project that makes fair trade totes and pouches that are sewn in India by women who have made the choice to journey out of the sex trade and into freedom. They also donate 20% of their profits to Two Wings to help survivors of human trafficking in the United States pursue their dreams.
Christina Vaichus Karina McAhren, co-founders and friends use a 3-prong approach with their apparel brand Citizen and Darling. They strive to spread awareness through their clothing, produce ethically and they donate to partner nonprofits. Through their apparel, Citizen and Darling spreads awareness of human trafficking by their slogans like “Freedom Fighter” and “Wonderfully Made”.
Their goods are ethically produced and sweatshop free – all certified by an independent third party. They also donate 10% of each item sold to different non-profit anti-human trafficking organizations.
The next two are social enterprises that are an all-in-one that try to cover all the bases.
They are a big stepping stone for survivors of human trafficking, by giving them holistic resources from shelter to education, providing them a community to heal and they have a product arm wherein the survivors are given job training skills.
PURPOSE Jewelry is the product arm of iSanctuary. Their jewelry is beautifully crafted by human trafficking survivors in Mumbai, India and Orange County, California providing them freedom, dignity and hope for these survivors. From creation to shipping, these young women are playing a critical role in every step of the process. They are able to earn a fair wage and gain employable skills for the future.
Based in Nashville, Tennessee, Thistle Farms‘ mission is to heal, empower and employ women survivors of trafficking, prostitution, and addiction. They do this by providing safe and supportive housing, medical care, therapy, education, and job training. Their product arm are everyday items like hands soaps, lotions, textiles and decor.
Slavery is real, but it doesn’t have to be. Let’s join in this fight together. We can simply start by consciously purchasing items that are ethically made and supporting businesses that are doing something about it.
Claire Pettibone is the founder and Creative Director at Madison Grace a women's conscious lifestyle brand for those wanting to make a positive impact through purposeful purchases in their own way. When she’s not discovering an ethical find or collaborating with a social enterprise, she's a foodie at heart trying to figure out where to eat next.