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What is modern-day slavery?
Modern-day slavery, also known as human trafficking, is the transportation and sale of human beings, often for purposes of exploitation. Leading authorities estimate that more than 800,000 people are trafficked every year, adding to the figure of 27 million people around the world presently living in slavery. 80% of trafficking victims are women and children. Victims of sex trafficking are most commonly forced, deceived, abducted or sold by their families, transported and then sold into slavery.
What does iSanctuary do in response to human trafficking and forced commercial sexual exploitation?
International Sanctuary works to rehabilitate girls and young women rescued from human trafficking. iSanctuary provides them with marketable training, and empowers them with the skills they need to sustain themselves and pursue better futures filled with options.
How are survivors rescued?
International Sanctuary partners with human rights rescue agencies that works with local authorities around the world to rescue victims of oppression and slavery. Rescue agencies use legal and investigative professionals to collect evidence of forced slavery. Once sufficient evidence is gathered, the information is brought to local authorities who work with the human rights agency to physically remove the girls and women from their situations of abuse and exploitation.
Does International Sanctuary every purchase girl's freedom?
No, International Sanctuary does not advocate purchasing victims' freedom from their exploiters. This only contributes to the supply and demand equation, giving criminals added incentive to acquire and enslave girls, along with an additional source of income. Legally removing exploited girls from situations of slavery and holding traffickers accountable for their crimes is necessary for lasting change to be achieved.
How old are the survivors International Sanctuary serves?
iSanctuary works with girls and women generally between the ages of 12 and 25 years old. Statistics show that girls that are trafficked have been known to be as young as age 5.
What happens to the survivors once they are rescued?
Each situation is unique. For example, upon rescue in India, the survivors are placed in a government facility (for a maximum of 30 days) until their age is confirmed. Minors are then placed under the protection of the Child Welfare Committee and transferred to government-run or privately-run aftercare homes where they live until they reach the age of 18.
What happens to the girls living in aftercare homes once they turn 18?
Though the care homes are primarily intended for minor girls, young women are permitted to stay once they turn 18 if they so choose. When the girls reach 18 years of age, they are encouraged to move to transitional group homes where they can gain more independence and gradually reintegrate into society.
Are survivors ever brought to the United States?
Survivors typically remain in the country where they are rescued. It would not be beneficial to survivors to be transported and introduced into yet another culture. Once their court case is closed they usually have the option to return home if their families were found innocent in the trafficking transaction.
For survivors that have been trafficked and rescued in the U.S., specific U.S. laws are in place for victims' rights. Survivors are required to stay in the U.S. until their court case is closed. At that time, they may be reunited with their family if they so choose.
How much is returned to the survivors from the sale of Purpose Jewelry?
The survivors are paid above fair trade wage. Each participant has a bank account where her earnings are deposited and saved for her future when she transitions out of the aftercare home. The Fair Trade Federation is an association that was established to build equitable and sustainable partnerships in order to alleviate poverty. Fair Trade products ensure that items were not made by slave labor.
Sales from the jewelry provide opportunities and employment to survivors.
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