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Many of you may know by now that I'm raising money to help stop human trafficking. Every day in March I'm wearing the same Little Black Dress. By wearing the same black dress each day for a month I'm symbolizing those with no choice, and no voice, who are enslaved. I'm trying to create awareness for their plight, and raise funds to bring them freedom.
I would love your help! So here's a little incentive. (Though hopefully just hearing about what's happening will be enough to move you to action :)
Here are 11 Facts about Human Trafficking from DoSomething.org
- Globally, the average cost of a slave is $90.
- Trafficking primarily involves exploitation which comes in many forms, including: forcing victims into prostitution, subjecting victims to slavery or involuntary servitude and compelling victims to commit sex acts for the purpose of creating pornography.
- According to some estimates, approximately 80% of trafficking involves sexual exploitation, and 19% involves labor exploitation.
- There are approximately 20 to 30 million slaves in the world today.
- According to the U.S. State Department, 600,000 to 800,000 people are trafficked across international borders every year, of which 80% are female and half are children.
- The average age a teen enters the sex trade in the U.S. is 12 to 14-year-old. Many victims are runaway girls who were sexually abused as children.
- California harbors 3 of the FBI’s 13 highest child sex trafficking areas on the nation: Los Angeles, San Francisco and San Diego.
- The National Human Trafficking Hotline receives more calls from Texas than any other state in the US. 15% of those calls are from the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Northern Virginia has become one of the Top 10 teen trafficking areas in the nation. (NoVaHTI.org)
- Between 14,500 and 17,500 people are trafficked into the U.S. each year.
- Human trafficking is the third largest international crime industry (behind illegal drugs and arms trafficking). It reportedly generates a profit of $32 billion every year. Of that number, $15.5 billion is made in industrialized countries.
- The International Labour Organization estimates that women and girls represent the largest share of forced labor victims with 11.4 million trafficked victims (55%) compared to 9.5 million (45%) men.
I'm really hoping to inspire more people to take a good look at this horrendous practice and help stop slavery of all kinds now. So, I'm offering anyone who donates $10 or more a chance to win some of these ARCs (listed at the bottom).
- If you donate $10, you will be entered to win two times. If you win, you will be able to choose two ARCs of your choice from this list.
- If you dontate $15, you will be entered to win three times. If you win, you will be able to choose three ARCs of your choice from this list.
- If you donate $20, you will be entered to win four times. If you win, you will be able to choose four ARCs of your choice from this list.
- And so on in increments of $5/one entry/one book
To donate to A21, click here.
The A21 Campaign is a quality organization that works in some of the top trafficking hubs around the world- Eastern Europe, Southeast Asia and the United States. A21 works in prevention, protection (recovery/restoration), prosecution, and by creating partnerships to complete these things.To donate to Blackbox International, click here.
Blackbox International is a not-for-profit organization that exists to holistically rehabilitate sex-trafficked boys age 16 and under. Blackbox provides a critical care component for boys rescued from sex trafficking. Our first home is now operational in the Dominican Republic.If you would like to donate to your own local Human Trafficking initiative, just shoot me an email at Andye @ReadingTeen.net with your proof of donation. (NoVaHTI.com is my local organization)
I will be posting pics on Instagram throughout the month, so make sure to follow AndyeReadingTeen or #LBD15 as I try to come up with different ways to wear this hideous black dress that I hate (haha). Read more about LBD here.
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Hold Me Like a Breath
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The Cost of all Things
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