I discovered the horrors of human trafficking in late 2006, when a friend began working for as a case manager for human trafficking victims. I was clueless to what human trafficking was and began doing research online. I was appalled when I learned that 27 million people, mostly women and children were exploited. After learning about modern day slavery, I knew that I couldn’t ignore the issue.
Early 2007, I found out that my city had a local task force, so I became involved in attending task force meetings. I also encountered World Relief Jacksonville at the time and discovered that they also did case management for human trafficking victims. My relationship with World Relief continued to grow as well as my participation in the task force.
During my journey of discovery to action, I felt there was not enough ways for people to fight against human trafficking, other than donating money. At the time, I was working in retail and thought maybe I could start a store that would sell products made by survivors of trafficking while educating the public about how consumerism contributes to slavery. Of course, in today’s economy beginning a bricks and mortar store is a huge risk. My husband, always recommended doing an online store, but I wasn’t sure.
Shop to Stop Slavery is the of fulfillment of years of thinking, dreaming, and planning to help every person stop human trafficking. By purchasing products that eliminate poverty, provide fair wages, and restore former slaves you are empowered to stop slavery worldwide. Shop with confidence knowing that your purchases contribute towards eradicating modern day slavery.