13% To End Human Trafficking
Harriet* ran away from home when she was 11 years old and moved in with a 35-year-old man who sexually and physically abused her. He convinced her to become a prostitute, leading to drug addiction and the contraction of several STDs by the time she was 13. That year, Harriet was arrested for prostitution and no attempt was made to find her pimp. In 2010, she was found guilty for prostitution and was given 18 months probation under the custody of juvenile court officials. Since Harriet’s case, legislation has been passed that prevents minors being charged with prostitution. Though her lawyers appealed the case and fought to defend her, she was not able to receive protection under this law.
*Story taken from the 2010 Trafficking In Persons Report
As a business that supplies products that enhance the beauty of our customers, Simply Earth believes it to be a responsibility to help people like Harriet who have been victimized and whose beauty has been abused. The average age of an individual forced into human trafficking is 13. That’s why when you shop Simply Earth, 13% of our profits go to help people like Harriet and prevent more stories like hers from happening.
One of the ways we can help is by learning about the problem and raising awareness. Below are some statistics to help us better understand the problem at hand.
Human Trafficking Globally
- According to the 2010 Trafficking In Persons Report established by the U.S. Department of State:
- There are 12.3 million children and adults forced into human trafficking
- 0.4% of victims were identified in 2009
- 104 countries have yet to convict traffickers under laws in compliance with the Palermo Protocol
- In Asia and the Pacific, 3/1,000 inhabitants are victims to human trafficking compared to the global average of 1.8/1,000 inhabitants.
United States Statistics
- International Labor Union reported in 2014 that the annual income brought in by a human trafficking victim ranged from $2,300 in domestic work to $21,800 in sexual exploitation.
- The National Center for Exploited and Missing Children states that 1 in 5 runaways likely became victims of human trafficking, 74% of which were from foster homes or in the care of social services.
- Profits earned by underground sex trafficking in the United States range from an estimated $39.9 to $290 million depending on the area, as said in a report by the Urban Institute.
- In a study conducted by the Urban Institute, the pimps and traffickers interviewed in the study were found to make between $5,000 to $32,833 a week.
There are many different organizations we support as a business by raising awareness of their work and or by donating 13% of our profits to their specific organization. Check our social media pages for more highlights on different organizations’ work.
- Bombay Teen Challenge
- Love Does
- The Hope Project
- Exploit No More
- Nightlight International
- 5 Stones
How can you get involved?
- Shop Simply Earth! We donate 13% of our profits to organizations like the ones listed above and use our platform to raise awareness for the fight against human trafficking.
- Recognize the signs of human trafficking. Human trafficking is happening behind closed doors in your community. Learn what human trafficking looks like so you can help stop it.
- Find local organizations and check out their events--many hold informative gatherings, volunteer opportunities and fundraisers.