It’s Martin Luther King Jr. Day, and what better way to celebrate than by showing love to some awesome brands who are supporting survivors of human trafficking and raising awareness about this important issue? Here are a few of our favourites – let us know in the comments if you have any others to add to our list!
Legacy Candle Co.
Legacy Candle Co. was founded to empower survivors of human trafficking, in particular sex trafficking, by employing them through their social enterprise. They also partner with other organisations working to raise awareness about the issue, and open up a new network of opportunities for the formerly exploited, giving them a brighter future. Through their work with an orphanage in Ethiopia, they hope to prevent future generations of children from being sold into slavery, and aim to make this orphanage a self-sustaining school. They have a range of beautiful 100% natural soy hand-poured candles in interesting scent combinations, like sea salt and rosemary, honey and fig, lemongrass, and spiced chai, all for $15 each. The candles are made in the USA and ship worldwide.
India has one of the highest reported estimates of slavery and sex trafficking of anywhere in the world. Sudara goods are made by survivors who escaped from human trafficking, and they make particularly beautiful pjs and loungewear for men, women, and children in bright silk prints and comfortable flannel.
Good Paper make fun, bright cards for every occasion, so think of them next time you need some stationary. Their products are made by women who escaped sex trafficking in the Philippines, and young adults orphaned by disease in Rwanda. Fun, fairly traded, for a good cause, and on recycled paper – what more could you want from a card?
100% of the proceeds from the sales of Purpose jewellery go to International Sanctuary, a non profit providing care for young women in India and California rescued from sex trafficking. As they write, “When a girl escapes or is rescued from sex trafficking she is forced to deal with a tremendous amount of trauma caused by her experience with very little support. With her lack of education and employable skills, her options are limited and the future seems hopeless.” Women are placed in mentoring programs, and provided with an education, medical and dental care, scholarships, and micro-loans in order to prepare them for a brighter future.
Inspired by these incredible brands? Another way you can help is by signing up to show your support of the international treaty to end modern day slavery, and this piece by a survivor of human trafficking also has some practical ideas. We still have work to do to make Martin Luther King Jr.’s dream a reality in the world today.