Today has been a day of reminders. Specific reminders about a cause that is very important to us, so I decided to push back the original post and write about trafficking today.It isn't the first time I've posted about trafficking, but I wanted to say something again because it's just so important.
For starters, Tara Teng- who accompanied my husband on his adventure around the world LAST YEAR is currently in China competing in Miss World and representing Canada. She is an incredible woman who believes in "Beauty with a Purpose" and uses her platform to fight against the trafficking in a real way. Everything she does is geared toward raising awareness and destroying the exploitation of women and children.
There was also THIS ARTICLE about Giles Newsom who was the "face of child labor" in the early 1900's. While girls are almost always trafficked for sex, little boys are often used for slave labor. John saw small children toiling away in the blazing heat working in rice fields first hand.
Then, this morning my best friend, Stephie, pinned sevenly.org, which is a company that has weekly sales to support different charities.
|Shirt available at sevely.org - $22|
This really hit home for us because John traveled to Cambodia (and Thailand)with www.trafficjam.org for the purpose of making a documentary about child trafficking and to play at an anti-trafficking concert hosted by MTV.
I have never been so enraged in my life. I'm not sure if he was joking or just a perverted individual, but either way it was shocking. Child trafficking is a real + terrifying issue. There are so many organizations fighting against it- I encourage you to take a look around and see if you can be part of one. Even if it means just supporting a home for rescued woman by purchasing some jewelry or other wares they have made (see my linked post "last year" for more details).
Every now and then I have no choice to take a serious tone. I love sunshine and rainbows as much as the next person- but there is also a responsibility to remember that for some (these children + woman) life is thunderstorms and nightmares... and to do what we can to help them.
Until tomorrow- all the best and as always, thanks for reading.