Cause Takeover


For those of you who may be aware or unaware, we are currently facing a new kind of slavery, sex trafficking. It is hard to fathom that nearly 27 million individuals are the victims of sex trafficking and prostitution. These women and men are regular individuals looking for opportunities to improve their home and lifestyle, yet became the victims of unspeakable circumstances. We must remember however, that every number represents an individual in bondage. These individuals are forced to endure rape, beatings and threats while servicing 40-110 per day. These victims also may experience sleep deprivation, emotional and physical abuse, residing in an unsanitary environment. Not only must they suffer abuse but are also at risk for contraction sexually transmitted diseases. According to the A21 Campaign, here are some statistic and more information about human trafficking.

THE STATISTICS: FOCUS EUROPE

  • Human trafficking is the second largest global organized crime today, generating approximately 31.6 billion USD each year. Specifically, trafficking for sexual exploitation generates 27.8 billion USD per year2.
  • There are 1.39 million victims of commercial sexual servitude worldwide3.
  • Over 25 percent of sex trafficked victims are trafficked from Southern and Eastern Europe4.
  • 90% of victims trafficked into the European Union member states will end up in the sex industry5.
  • Tragically, only 1-2 percent of victims are rescued, and only 1 in 100,000 Europeans involved in trafficking are convicted6.

What is the solution? YOU! We can all do something to become involved in the fight against this injustice. Concerning fashion, (for all you fashionistas out there), the A21 online shop has necklaces and jewelry which promote sex trafficking awareness while supporting the notion that sex trafficking is wrong and must be stopped. I myself have bought the Key2Freedom necklace and A21 Because Wristband. They are worthy purchases without breaking the bank. For those of you who are attempting to practice the art of frugality, these are the purchases that are worth investing in. To learn more information about sex trafficking visit the A21 website at http://thea21campaign.org/home.php. This website addresses the problem and solution as well as ways individuals can get involved and donate. Some of the ways in which I have decided to become involved is by writing this blog post as well as doing what I do best: writing. I plan on writing a letter to one of the girls at the Greek location. You don’t always have to throw money at a problem. You can volunteer your time to do simple things that can change not only other lives but even yours.

Next time you buy a fashion product or designer brand think about who makes it and where it comes from. Take this test to see how many slaves work for you. I have yet to take the test but will post the results later. Take it at http://slaveryfootprint.org/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Key2Freedom Necklace

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A21 Because Wristband

Digital Revolution


The digital age is ever progressing with the emergence of mp4 files, e-readers, and now digital magazines. I have been an avid reader of Nylon but was disappointed when I discovered it is not a magazine of choice on the Kindle. However, through the Zinio website, customers can ordered back issues, purchase digital magazine subscriptions while creating a library of reading material which not only saves the hassle of finding storage space but also saves unnecessary use of paper. Once a Zinio account is created, readers can select which magazine they wish to read by clicking on the read icon. Once the magazine has loaded readers are able to print, search the magazine, zoom in to read certain pages, view table of contents and use the right and left arrows buttons to turn pages. 

Zinio offers a convenient, economical way to purchase the magazines you want and storing them all in one place. Gone are the days where you must search all your magazine baskets to find that special issue. Lugging heavy magazines to your sleepover with the girls will no longer be an issue. They can all be found right in the palm of your hand or on your laptop. What is really impressive about Zinio is the ability to purchase back issues which are never available after their expiration date on the newsstand. Purchasing Individual copies of digital magazines as well as digital magazine subscriptions prove to be favorably cheaper with magazine issues starting at $3.99 and subscriptions only $9.95. This is also a great way to get your magazine fix and hide them from your mum who believes they fuel your shopaholic tendencies (which is not true). The one problem I found with Zinio is the zoom feature. Perhaps viewing a magazine is better in full screen view but it gets a little annoying having to move the magazine up and down to view the pictures and shopping descriptions under them. Seeing as I’m still new to Zinio I have much to learn and hope to become more familiar with it. Overall, a great investment.