Are you an influencer, blogger, or magazine who wants to use your platform to be a voice for the voiceless? Perfect for featuring in your ethical gift guide for the holidays, hosting fair trade giveaways, or doing a highlight on human trafficking, partnering with PURPOSE tells your followers that you believe in the dignity and worth of every person.
Every purchase with PURPOSE helps change lives for survivors of human trafficking. 100% of proceeds go to our non-profit, International Sanctuary, to provide each artisan with access to income, education, health & a safe community where they can rebuild their lives.
Who makes PURPOSE Jewelry?
Every piece of PURPOSE is handcrafted with hope, dignity and freedom by young women escaping human trafficking in India, Uganda, Mexico and the Philippines.
Through our social enterprise model, we provide survivors with employment opportunities and holistic care to ensure that they have the tools they need to break the cycle of human trafficking.
We currently operate in Mumbai, India; Kampala, Uganda; Tijuana, Mexico; and Cebu, Philippines.
How does International Sanctuary bridge the gap to freedom?
Once young women have escaped from human trafficking, agencies around the globe provide shelter, counseling, legal services, and basic needs. However, without the resources, skills, and support to become financially independent, survivors can easily slip through the cracks, falling prey to traffickers once again.
After services end, most women still face the same vulnerabilities that led them to being trafficked in the first place. International Sanctuary helps women make up for gaps in income and education as she heals from her trauma to ensure that she remains in freedom.
How do we use a social enterprise model?
PURPOSE Jewelry is a means to offer young women a stable income while she gains the soft skills, job training, and financial planning she needs to prepare herself for future employment. It is help, not handouts, to empower each woman to know that she is capable and worthy of creating the future she dreams of.
Sales from PURPOSE go directly to our program to fund the survivors' wages and care. International Sanctuary employed over 500 survivors of human trafficking since 2007.
What is human trafficking?
Human trafficking is modern-day slavery.It is the force, fraud, or coercion of men, women, and children around the world. Human trafficking occurs when a perpetrator, often referred to as a trafficker, takes an action, and then employs the means of force, fraud, or coercion for the purpose of compelling the victim to provide commercial sex acts or labor or services.
Global human trafficking statistics
1 in 4 victims are children - Children may be forced to work in sweatshops, brothels, strip clubs, or houses as domestic servants.
71% of victims are female - Limited access to jobs, education, and healthy relationships leave women and girls vulnerable to traffickers around the world. Men are typically exploited for labor, only accounting for 1% of sex trafficking.
$150 billion industry - The fastest growing criminal industry in the world, it generates more money than Nike, Starbucks, and Google combined.
What are the types of human trafficking?
Labor 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 purposeof subjection to involuntary servitude, peonage, debt bondage, or slavery. An estimated 20.1 million persons are forced labor exploitation.
Sex trafficking - a commercial sex act induced by force, fraud, or coercion (including pornography). In cases where the victim is under 18, no force, fraud, or coercion is necessary to be persecuted as sex trafficking. An estimated 4.8 million persons are in forced sexual exploitation.
Who is at risk for human trafficking?
Anyone can become a victim of human trafficking, however systemic inequalities and disparities make certain groups much more vulnerable to exploitation. Mass displacement, conflict, extreme poverty, limited access to education and job opportunities, violence, and harmful social norms are all factors that make individuals susceptible to trafficking. Often, traffickers identify and leverage their victims’ vulnerabilities in order to create dependency.
Victims trafficked for sexual exploitation are recruited most often by an intimate partner, and victims of trafficking for labor exploitation are more likely to be recruited by friends and family.
What causes human trafficking?
Human trafficking is the only industry in which the supply and demand are the same thing: human beings. People demanding the sale of people.
High demand drives the high volume of supply. Increasing demand from consumers for cheap goods incentivizes corporations to demand cheap labor, often forcing those at the bottom of the supply chain to exploit workers. Secondly, increased demand for commercial sex - especially among young girls and boys - incentivizes commercial sex venues including strip clubs, pornography, and prostitution to recruit and exploit children.
What is the economic impact of human trafficking?
Human trafficking is fueled by a high reward, low-risk dynamic. This means that traffickers can expect to make a lot of money with minimal fear of punishment or legal consequences. It’s the second most profitable illegal industry— second only to the drug trade. And while drugs are sold in one transaction, human beings can be sold over and over again. The costs are low and the profits are extremely high.
The International Labor Organization estimates that profits from human trafficking and forced labor are $150 billion annually.