5 Gifts to Buy to Support Domestic Survivors Human Trafficking
It’s the giving season and I’d be lying if I told you I hadn’t already scoped out Black Friday deals. There have already been a lot of great gift lists posted this year such as this one for ethical giving and this one for empowering girls, but how about one specifically for domestic anti-human trafficking efforts? We’ve compiled a list of our personal faves.
But here’s the thing. It took a lot of work! Organizations ABOUND working with survivors of sex trafficking around the globe from Cambodia to Peru. But how about the United States of America? As a survivor friend of mine always says, if there are not viable income generating options for those who may not have a high school diploma or college degree but have a criminal-record and an empty resume, why and how would they leave the exploitative sex industry? These 5 took entirely too much effort to find and were entirely too few.
This Christmas, let’s make a few more purchases than last year that benefit those whom we say we care about.
Domestic Anti-Human Trafficking Gift Ideas
1. Branded Collective, based in Nashville, “hopes each employee will be inspired to rediscover the dreams she has lost and be motivated to go forth and pursue them. We seek to unite a collective of survivors and patrons who work together to advance the abolition of human trafficking.” Each piece has a unique number that you can register on the site and share a message of hope with the woman’s initials that are also on the piece. Love!
2. Rethreaded, based in Jacksonville, FL is brought to you by the woman behind the famous Sari Bari. “Rethreaded renews hope, reignites dreams and releases potential for survivors of human trafficking locally and globally through business.” This bracelet was made with recycled t-shirts by a local survivor.
3. Thistle Farms, based in Tennessee, exists to “HEAL, EMPOWER, AND EMPLOY women survivors of trafficking, prostitution, and addiction. We do this by providing safe and supportive housing, the opportunity for economic independence, and a strong community of advocates and partners.” They are best known for their natural bath and body products. This healing oil kit might be great for all you essential oil fans.
4. Eleventh Candle Co., based in Columbus, Ohio has a double mission: “When you purchase a candle, you’re changing lives —the once trafficked woman in Ohio is employed, a village in Ethiopia is supported and orphaned children are welcomed into homes.” How cool is that? Here’s one for the men among us who love those masculine scents.
5. Girl Set Free, is making these awesome key chains with women in Rahab Ministries in Ohio. “These courageous women are reaching above and beyond their own hopelessness and brokenness to partner with Girl Set Free in order to ‘open the doors’ to a Minor Safe House. With this purchase, you empower a movement of fresh starts and fulfilled lives. Each key is hand stamped on a repurposed key that has gone through a month long patina process. Our founder sat with the women as they selected seven words that meant something to them. Now you select the word that means something to you and enjoy your one of a kind work of art. We sell fashion. You change lives.”
I love these ideas, but I hate that they took so much work to find. I am equally dismayed at how few socially conscious companies or nonprofits are focused on survivors right here in America. For those of you who love ethically sourced shopping, let us know if you’ve found other enterprises! But perhaps even more importantly, let us know if YOU feel sparked to start something yourself. Now that would be an incredibly cool gift!