SHOP to STOP slavery!!

I get so excited when I hear about creative initiatives that fight human trafficking! It just goes to show how little steps make a big impact on ending injustice. EVERYONE CAN DO SOMETHING TO END SLAVERY. Let’s really put our money where our mouth is!

Here are four ways that you can use your Holiday Christmas shopping to set people free from slavery:

  • FREE2WORK (http://www.free2work.org) is a Smartphone app that facilitates corporate responsibility and promotes a list of companies that are free from the use of slave labour. This Christmas, consumers can check whether their favourite brands are slave-free or not. All this power to fight slavery in the palm of your hand!!
  • SHOE REVOLT (http://www.shoerevolt.com) is “like no other online shoe boutique you have visited before; we are a family, a league of shoe styling girlfriends fighting together for one goal. The goal is simple, to kick sex trafficking to the curb with every shoe purchase. It’s more than a shoe- take a stand!”
  • THE FREEDOM CD (http://www.ijm.org/articles/spotlight) Love music? Love freedom? Check out this great project- TWO cds, plus a DVD documentary about the end of slavery… all for the incredible price of…. $5.00! Proceeds support the work of the International Justice Mission.
  • COCO-ZEN (http://stores.homestead.com/CocoZen/StoreFront.bok) is more than just organic Chocolate- it is also completely certified fair trade and slave-free! With 50% of Chocolate being produced by child slaves, this is one purchase that both you…and your tummy, can feel good about!

This Christmas, I am committed to doing my utmost to make sure that all of my purchases for family and friends are made SLAVE-FREE. This will take more effort on my part, because it means that I can’t leave my Christmas shopping to the last minute, run into the mall and pick something off the shelf. However, it also means that I can rest in the assurance that the people I love will not be receiving gifts that caused the pain, suffering, rape or murder of innocent lives.

I encourage you all to do the same.

Tara Teng

Miss BC 2010-2011

** For more slave-free gift ideas visit: http://www.shoptostopslavery.com