If you want to make a difference in the fight against child sex trafficking and have a fun afternoon social networking and shopping at the same time, you’re in luck. That’s because The Body Shop, ECPAT-USA, and The Somaly Mam Foundation have teamed up to give you a way to fight child sex trafficking and protect children in three easy steps.
Their new campaign has a couple of goals. The first is to raise funds for awareness and services for child trafficking survivors and at-risk teens. These services range from basic medical and mental health care, to special services like removing tattoos pimps often use to brand the girls they enslave. The second goal is encouraging every state to pass Safe Harbor Laws, which protects anyone under 18 from being charged, prosecuted or imprisoned for prostitution. Currently, only three states out of 50 have Safe Harbor Laws, and most states still prosecute teens for a crime they aren’t legally able to consent to.
If you’re interested in helping provide services for trafficked kids and supporting the passage of Safe Harbor Laws, here’s what you can do:
1. Sign the petition: Go to the Body Shop’s petition website and add your name to the hundreds of thousands who have already signed. It would be great to get over a million, two million, or even ten million people telling to government to make ending child sex trafficking a priority.
2. Go get some lotion and a tote bag: Yes, you read that right and no, this advice is not about to get kinky. The Body Shop launched a special edition Soft Hands Kind Heart Hand Cream, the proceeds from which are being used to help change the lives of millions of children and young people through the work of ECPAT around the world. The lotion costs $7 a pop, and is available online and in stores. The Body Shop also offers special tote bags for $5 each, the proceeds from which go to the Somaly Mam Foundation.
3. Spread the Word: Use Twitter, Facebook, your blog, email, and even a good old-fashioned phone call to spread the word about how your friends and family can take a stand and help protect children around the world.
A special thanks goes out to The Body Shop, who is truly living their corporate values with this campaign while making fantastic lotion to boot. I know because I have about 15 tubes at home — apparently it was the hot Christmas gift for the abolitionist on your list last year.