At Lusso Bags, we are committed to helping put a stop to human trafficking by supporting and empowering women worldwide to either avoid or leave the sex trade. Our company has been built by women for women. As more women gain access to education and suitable working environments they have the opportunity to improve their lives and communities.
Human trafficking abroad, particularly in developing countries, occurs primarily due to poverty and coercion. A young woman in a village is told about a marriage prospect, job possibility, or other opportunity in the city so leaves for a better life, only to find herself trapped in a horrible condition from which she is unable to escape.
This is why a percentage of all Lusso Bag sales are donated to entities that help women avoid or leave the sex trade. Our 5% of gross sales are donated to Bibles To Nations. In Kolkata, India, Freeset, an organization in Kolkata, India aimed at freeing poor women from the bondage of life in the sex trade. At Freeset, these women have the opportunity to learn basic reading, writing, and math skills; develop a trade, get health care, earn decent wages and get a chance at a new life for themselves and their families. View the work of Freeset Global to learn more about the amazing operations of this business. At BTN, preventative measures are implemented so that women and girls will not have to enter the sex trade and can instead receive an education and training in tailoring and beautician skills.
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For a comprehensive, up-to-date overview, check out the US Department of State 2010 Trafficking Persons Report
Inform your friends and encourage them to become advocates too. Speak out and create events in your school, community, or religious center on the subject. Show a film at the event or host a house party and then allocate a time for writing legislators together.
Companies that signed The Code commit to educating customers, creating a clear policy, and training employees in identifying trafficking. US companies that have signed include Carlson Companies, Global Exchange, Hilton Hotels, and Delta Airlines. You can also support other human rights and socially-responsible travel agencies such as Gap Adventures. Ask your other favorite travel companies to sign as well.
Go to www.tassatag.org. Become a visible voice with a TassaTag, a big, bright, fair trade luggage tag. TassaTag stands for Travelers against Sex Slavery and Trafficking. Spot your bags easily while supporting ECPAT-USA's Code of Conduct project and assisting the travel industry to be more than a blind eye.
Sari Bari, International Princess Project, Freeset, and Lusso Bags Mrs. Bird bag are all created by former trafficked victims. You will not only find satisfaction from these high-quality products, but also in knowing you have enabled more women to experience freedom.
Hire a Human Rights Consultant www.survivors4solutions.com Founder Autumn Burris founder of Survivors for Solutions in San Diego provides best practices consultation to government, non-profits, and local institutions in the San Diego community to abolish all forms of sexual exploitation for all humans through awareness, education and support of survivors. You can read more on her website or here on our blog.