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Freedom is worth every penny


Wear Change | Be The Change 

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Freedom is worth every penny


Wear Change | Be The Change 

About


We employ individuals in PHX, AZ to empower them through employment to become economically independent to break the cycle of sexual abuse and exploitation. 

About


We employ individuals in PHX, AZ to empower them through employment to become economically independent to break the cycle of sexual abuse and exploitation. 

She is clothed in strength and dignity and she laughs without fear.
— Proverbs 31:25

Pennies for a Purpose

 

Pennies are tossed to the side and considered “worthless” and basically don't amount to anything.  

Unfortunately, that’s the same message that has been ingrained into many of the women that we employ and work with.

We want to change that conversation and say no, that's not true.

You DO have so much value and and so much worth. 

We love giving pennies a new purpose and meaning that provide jobs here in Phoenix to empower women to break the cycle of abuse and exploitation. 

Together we can make a difference to end sex-trafficking. 

Wear change, be the change! 

 

Know the Facts


Know the Facts


What is Sex Trafficking?

 
  1. Globally, the average cost of a slave is $90.
  2. Trafficking primarily involves exploitation which comes in many forms, including: forcing victims into prostitution, subjecting victims to slavery or involuntary servitude and compelling victims to commit sex acts for the purpose of creating pornography.
  3. According to some estimates, approximately 80% of trafficking involves sexual exploitation, and 19% involves labor exploitation.
  4. There are approximately 20 to 30 million slaves in the world today.
  5. According to the U.S. State Department, 600,000 to 800,000 people are trafficked across international borders every year. More than 70% are female and half are children.
  6. Sex trade in the U.S. is 12 to 14-year-old. Many victims are runaway girls who were sexually abused as children.
  7. California harbors 3 of the FBI’s 13 highest child sex trafficking areas on the nation: Los Angeles, San Francisco and San Diego.
  8. The National Human Trafficking Hotline receives more calls from Texas than any other state in the US. 15% of those calls are from the Dallas-Fort Worth area.
  9. Between 14,500 and 17,500 people are trafficked into the U.S. each year.
  10. Human trafficking is the third largest international crime industry (behind illegal drugs and arms trafficking). It reportedly generates a profit of $32 billion every year. Of that number, $15.5 billion is made in industrialized countries.
  11. The International Labour Organization estimates that women and girls represent the largest share of forced labor victims with 11.4 million trafficked victims (55%) compared to 9.5 million (45%) men.

 

 

Sex trafficking and terms like "modern day slavery" usually conjure images of young girls being sold to sex tourists in faraway countries. Movies and documentaries feature scenes of tourists being kidnapped and forced into sexual servitude. Sex trafficking is a real and growing problem all over the world, including here in the United States. It defies stereotypes and experts continue to build new knowledge about the issue. 

Profit from sex trafficking is a billion dollar business, second only to illegal arms trafficking and the illicit drug trade. Sex trafficking is a high profit, low risk business where the commodity can be sold repeatedly, unlike drugs or weapons where the product can only be sold one time. For any business to survive, it requires supply and demand. There appears to be a growing demand fueled by easy access through the internet, and a ready supply of underage girls that are constantly being recruited and exploited.

Why Arizona? 

Arizona's geographic location and network of freeways makes it a hub for illicit activity. The same economic forces that fuel tourism in Arizona also support sex trafficking - warm weather, multiple interstate highways, proximity to the border, short drive to Las Vegas and San Diego, major conference destination, and it is home to many professional sporting events. According the U.S. State Department, Arizona is a main destination and transit point for labor and sex trafficking from within the U.S. and multiple regions of the world. 

The Department of Justice has identified Phoenix as one of the top human trafficking jurisdictions in the country. 

The average age of entry into sex trafficking in Arizona is approximately 14 years old

 

Sources: Do Something ; Trust Az

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