Friday, August 20, 2010

Daily Offensive wants to Free The Girls, too!

Did you know:

The definition of human-trafficking: "The recruitment, harboring, transportation, provision, or obtaining of a person for labor or services, through the use of force, fraud, or coercion for the purpose of subjection to involuntary servitude, peonage, debt bondage, or slavery."

12.3 million adults and children are in forced labor, bonded labor and forced prostitution around the world.

According to UNICEF, as many as two million children are subjected to prostitution in the global commercial sex trade.

Human trafficking is in our backyard: It is estimated that 14,500 to 17,500 people, primarily women and children, are trafficked to the U.S. annually.

32 billion – Total yearly profits generated by the human trafficking industry.

o $15.5 billion is made in industrialized countries.

o $9.7 billion in Asia

o $13,000 per year generated on average by each “forced laborer.” This number can be as high

as $67,200 per victim per year.

1 million – Number of children exploited by the global commercial sex trade, every year.

80% of transnational victims are women and girls.

So, what are WE going to do about it?

A good friend of ours (and a talented blogger who has submitted a guest blog here and there) brought a website to our attention yesterday. Check out Free The Girls and their mission: "Mama T founded Free The Girls LLC to give women in the US an opportunity to do something to stop human trafficking around the world, and to give former victims around the world an opportunity to live wild and free." (which Daily Offensive directly supports!)

THIS is what we are going to do about it:

Beginning TODAY, this very hour, Nomz and Sazaran will be collecting bras, sports bras and bra straps to send to Free The Girls LLC in an attempt to make a difference. The bras will be sent to Mozambique, Africa. To "...safehouses that provide shelter and rehabilitation for girls and women who have been rescued from slavery. The bras will be washed and mended and sold by the safehouse as a mean of supporting their rehabilitation programs- and more importantly, as a job opportunity for the former slaves. Of course, each woman in the safehouse will be able to choose several bras to keep."

We'll be collecting bra's until September 30, 2010. Please email with information on how to get your donations to us! So spread the word, people. Call your friends, your moms, your sisters, your aunts. Tell them what we're doing. Ask 'em for their bras- it'll be fun.

Don't make us hassle you for your brassieres, because oh, WE WILL.

Caution: The following videos may be hard to watch. They're difficult to get through, they're painful, they're scary, but they're very real. Please choose to hit the "play" button wisely.


Praire said...

I'm so proud of you gals for taking this idea and making it such a priority! WE WILL COLLECT THE MOST BRAS EVER

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