Human trafficking. It’s a subject that makes our hearts shudder, because it’s often easier to close an eye to it than face an industry propelled by over 27 million victims worldwide. Yet, the magnitude of the industry cannot be ignored.
The estimated $31 billion generated places human trafficking among the three largest criminal industries in the world, along with drug and arms smuggling. According to a report by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), 79% of human trafficking comes from commercial sexual exploitation. 71% of those sexually exploited are women and girls.
These numbers can seem daunting, far off, and faceless, but the more we researched, the more we found the issue is near. It is within our own communities, and the women trapped in this cycle are reflections of ourselves, our best friends, mothers, and sisters. All being treated as a commodity rather than a human being with dignity. At Velé, we believe that all are innately worthy and wanted.
That is why we are committed to using our purchasing power to support the fight to end human trafficking. 10% of all proceeds support Not For Sale, a nonprofit fighting human trafficking through sustainable business, rather than traditional charity, through a three-step process they call the “Impact Stack.”
1. Not For Sale partners with local experts, community leaders and business people to gain an understanding of the root causes of slavery in that region and provide aid for immediate needs of victims.
2. Not For Sale conducts research to find ways to address these root causes.
3. Not For Sale partners with entrepreneurs with a vision to create an economy for susceptible people by developing businesses that provide jobs, a stable income, and fund further social intervention.
We strongly believe in this mission and you can learn more about Not For Sale here.