Sandy: Today is not about right or left hand but of human trafficking. A few weeks ago I attended a luncheon hosted by a friend. Every year she enlists incredible people to speak about domestic violence. This year the topic focused on the horrible illegal business of human trafficking. There are a staggering twenty-seven million slaves in the world, more than any time in human history. It’s a 32 billion dollar profit business. Children are the fastest growing product. We hear about children working in garment factories but don’t think about things we eat. About 70% of African chocolate is harvested by slaves. It is scary to know that Los Angeles, San Francisco, and San Diego, California are 3 of FBI’s 13 highest child sex trafficking areas in the nation. And there were recent busts in the greater Bay Area – Walnut Creek and San Jose.
It is difficult to identify trafficking victims. Most times victims don’t realize they are victims since they are surrounded by like people in their situations and environment. Possible clues would be: accompanied by a controlling person; lack of control over money, movement (transportation, travel), I.D.; lives and works in same place; inability to leave job (debt to employer); fear, depression, overly submissive, bruises.
What can we do to change? Buy fair trade instead of products that use slave labor. Don’t support prostitution services, 1.5-2 million are runaways from home, 1/3 are trafficked; pimps make $500 tax free from 4 prostitutes. Large companies will eventually make the change if they get feedback that their product is not acceptable so don’t villainize them. For example, make others aware that Grand Theft 4 is sending bad messages in their games – it gives points for having sex with prostitute, but worse still is you get more points for throwing her out of the car.
Think about how many slaves work for you. Take the test on slaveryfootprint.org
24/7 National human trafficking hotline : 888.3737.888
Sandy’s year long journey – going from being a right-hander to left-hander, and Kelly’s parallel trip as a left-hander doing things as a right-hander.