Sunday, October 23, 2011

Mainstays: Shop for the Cause

There are an estimated 27 million people enslaved worldwide, 21% of those being coerced into forced labor.  With everything from chocolate to cotton being affected by the illegal slave trade, nearly everyone who reads this page will have handled or purchased something that was made by a modern-day slave.  Many anti-trafficking organizations are combining aftercare for victims with production of goods in order to give survivors of both sex-trafficking and forced labor a means of sustainable income, else they're liable to fall back into slavery again.  Humanitarian organizations also provide industry for low-income areas that are at risk for trafficking.  So how you spend your money can help in both prevention and restoration.  Essentially, how you spend your money matters!

Places to Shop On-line

Miscellany (bags, jewelry, home decor, etc.)
Beauty Care Products
Food & Drink

    Note: Though this list is extensive, it is by no means comprehensive.  If you know of other organizations working to provide fair trade commerce, please email me at

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