Viewing human trafficking from a gender-based, rights-based lens matters. Globally there are an estimated 40 million people as slaves today - 75% being female and 1 in 4 are children. (This is not to say that trafficking doesn’t touch the lives of men/non-binary/LGBTI persons - it does!) Evidently, this is the by-product of larger-scale structural issues happening everywhere.
When international media focuses dominantly on trafficking as a straightforward sex crime issue, this shapes the public's understanding of what truly is broad and complex. The issues I'm addressing are at the root of society that reflects compounded gender inequalities and the lack of basic rights for girls and women. Diversity of vulnerability, globalization, lower wages, abuse or neglect, experiencing violence at home, domestic servitude, political unrest, negative cultural norms, migration concerns, levels of poverty, statelessness, low socioeconomic status, labor exploitation, demand for cheap goods, education and healthcare barriers, marginalization, etc, are all systemic disparities that contribute and exacerbate human trafficking. Approaches to intersectionality are critical to take because these experiences are manifested in different yet interconnected ways, recognizing that no single factor can be tackled in isolation.
With the purchase of a @thegivingrosesproject pin, your donation goes directly to @canadianwomensfoundation who are committed to working with community-based organizations and social service agencies to end human trafficking in Canada. More ways you can help: support anti-trafficking efforts, stay well-informed by learning indicators, increase knowledge/awareness, understand your slavery footprint, if you own a business: provide jobs to those who have experienced trafficked, take days of action at work with colleagues, have tough, building conversations that break social stigmas.
We need to fill all of the gaps where this grave problem has taken over. We can do this together! Everyone has the right to lead dignified and respected lives.
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