Fair Trade & Human Trafficking

Have you come to Milk and Honey, read our About page, and still aren’t quite sure what Fair Trade and Human Trafficking are all about? Below is how the two tie together, and why it is so important that you ask "Who made my goods?" and purchase ethically.

                                                           Fair Trade

The world we live in is a huge advocate of FREE trade and has one goal in mind: profit. Your bag of coffee, fruit, and cute top were made to make a buck, but have you ever thought about who made your products? How your products were made? Or where your products were made? Unfortunately, a lot of the goods we consume are made by individuals who are not treated fairly, paid fairly, are not of legal age to be working, or are in factories that are unsafe & incredibly unpleasant to work in. 
    Too many individuals are being "paid" but live well below the poverty line, or they are not paid at all. 
    “No matter who they are, that worker has no access to health care, no access to education, no access to clean air, no access to what we would call — life.”- Huffington Post
    So, what is Fair Trade and how does it solve the above problem?
    “Fair Trade is a global movement made up of a diverse network of producers, companies, shoppers, advocates, and organizations putting people and planet first.”-Fair Trade Certified
    Buying fair trade ensures that you are purchasing ethically. Your coffee, fruit, and cute top may cost a little more, but you can know with 100% confidence that the person who made your product was someone who is paid fair wages, has adequate working conditions, is not involved in Human Trafficking, is not a child laborer, has access to food, water, healthcare, clean air and so much more.
    Photo Credit: Mata Traders  https://www.matatraders.com/

    Human Trafficking

    “Human Trafficking is the illegal trade of human beings. It’s the recruitment, control, and use of people for their bodies and for their labor. Through force, fraud, and coercion, people everywhere are being bought and sold against their will–right now in the 21st century.” - The A21 Campaign
    There are millions of slaves in the world today and only 1% of them ever see freedom. Human Trafficking is the fastest growing crime in the world and generates around $150 Billion USD a year. 
    Types of Trafficking (from A21 Campaign):
    -Sex Trafficking: forcing someone to perform sexual acts
    -Forced Labor: forcing someone to work for little to no pay
    -Bonded Labor: forcing someone to work for little pay to pay off an impossible debt
    -Child Soldiers: forcing a child to participate in an armed force
    Men, Women, and Children are trafficked in multiple ways
    -False job posts
    -Online dating profiles
    -Boyfriend/ Girlfriend
    -Sold into slavery by a family member
    -Coerced by a “friend”
    Human Trafficking in Greenville:
    Greenville is located on I-85 between Atlanta and Charlotte (Both on the top 10 cities for trafficking in the U.S.) Because trafficking is such a growing crime, people are beginning to make their way to the upstate to expand their fields. Greenville is currently the top city for trafficking in South Carolina, and in 2017, 72 cases of human trafficking were reported statewide. This doesn't even begin to touch the amount of incidents that went unreported & will never be addressed. 
    Photo Credits: Mata Traders https://www.matatraders.com/
    Photo Credit: Mata Traders https://www.matatraders.com/

    How Fair Trade and Human Trafficking Tie Together

    Human trafficking, often compared to modern-day slavery, systematically exploits men, women, and children by forcing them to work unbearably long hours, under inhumane conditions, for little to no pay. It exists across continents and is facilitated through a variety of venues, but ultimately- human trafficking is an industry that profits from the exploitation of the world’s most vulnerable.”- Fair Trade America
    Fair Trade helps fight trafficking by:
    -Giving individuals a way to provide for their families, so they can remain out of poverty and being at risk for trafficking and exploitation
    -It allows families to gain access to programs like healthcare and education
    -Fair Trade protects the basic rights and offers sustainability to those they employ
    -Where there is suspected child trafficking, Fair trade takes immediate action to end it.
      When you purchase fair trade & ethical goods, you are fighting poverty, trafficking, and you are a part of providing opportunity to so many people across the globe.

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