I rarely use FSB as a platform for causes but this is a huge one that’s near and dear to my heart. When a company this big decides to take on a crime even bigger than it is, you have to admire them and get involved. Which is exactly what I’m doing.
Yesterday, The Body Shop and ECPAT presented a petition with 7 million signatures on it to the President of the Human Rights Council, calling on governments across the world to take urgent action to stop the sex trafficking of children and young people. It’s unprecedented because it’s the largest petition of its kind (think of the effort to get 7 million signatures!) and it’s significant because they’re asking governments to stop turning a blind eye to the crime of sex trafficking and child labor, which impacts an estimated 1.2 million children and young people around the world. Many countries have already joined the cause, including Malta, Denmark, Portugal, South Africa, Malaysia, Norway, Switzerland, Pakistan, Romania, Taiwan, Ireland, Indonesia, The Philippines and New Zealand.
The petition, which I admit openly also bears my personal signature, was received well, as President of the Human Rights Council, H.E. Ms. Dupuy Lassere stated, “This petition represents an historic occasion for the United Nations Human Rights Council to build on the notable successes of the campaign and to inspire governments to join and take action to tackle this crime in its internal and international form and work on prevention and reparation of victims.”
But these efforts will take money, time and diligence, which is where we all step in. If you’re in need of a cute, stylish natural fiber tote to carry items and groceries in (and let’s face it, you can never have enough,) please consider this beautiful bag designed with the campaign’s newest advocate, Tamara Mellon OBE of Jimmy Choo. 100% of the proceeds will go toward these efforts.
Sex trafficking might not be something you can see in your everyday life but for those who have to live through it, the effects can be long-reaching and devastating. Let’s stop this crime any way we can, because there’s nothing fashionable, stylish or beautiful about robbing someone of their human rights.