Did you know, you can sell the body of a woman or a child over and over again. that is why Sex slavery is the number two largest income after illegal drug sales. ON Saturday night, at “Core power Yoga” in Aliso Viejo, California, twelve brave souls, did 108 YOGA sun salutations to honor, these victims and raise money for this amazing cause. Please support Jaimie Hansen in any way that you can.. the link is at the bottom of this post.
She simply requires another $2000 to reach her goal of $20,000 in one year, to complete this amazing fund raising task. Article below!
Off the Mat, Into the World uses the power of yoga to inspire conscious, sustainable activism and to ignite grass roots social change.
Each year, Off the Mat sponsors an international service project called the Global Seva Challenge. The goal is to empower participants to raise awareness and significant funds by collaborating with their local communities. Thank you for joining me as I am nearing the end of this journey.
This year’s challenge aims to raise awareness of the root causes and impact of global sex trafficking, support organizations in India that are providing refuge, rehabilitation, and economic opportunities to survivors AND to empower survivors to lead lives with dignity and respect.
The U.N. estimates that there are 27 million people enslaved today, in 2012. This is more than any other time in history. The overwhelming majority of them are women and girl and a large percentage of these women and girls are enslaved as sex workers. The average age of sex workers worldwide is just 13 years old, some as young as 5 or 6. There is a belief in many countries that having relations with a virgin will cure STD’s including AIDS so the demand for younger girls is growing.
32 billion dollars—this is the amount of money human trafficking brings to the hands of the traffickers each year, making it the second most profitable form of illegal trafficking just behind drugs. The difference: a girl’s body can be sold over and over and over again, unlike a gram of cocaine. It is an extremely lucrative business and is rapidly growing!
This is a global issue of MASS proportions: Its causes are many. Including poverty, corruption in the justice system and in my opinion the most prevalent cause is gender inequality and the belief that girls are worth less than boys.
Women are more likely to die or be maimed at the hands of male violence than from cancer, traffic accidents, malaria, and war combined. This is a largely ignored and unseen issue. It is a difficult issue, but it desperately to be seen…as long as sex slavery and abuse of women and children goes on humanity will never be whole. It has been acknowledged that the oppression of women and children is the unfinished agenda of our time. So, it’s time we finish it.
In the words of the famous abolitionist William Wilberforce: “You may choose to look the other way, but you can never say again that you didn’t know”.
From what I have read and seen I cannot look away. I invite you to join me in this fight against the oppression and abuse of women and general and more specifically in brining awareness to the issue of sex trafficking around the world and right here in our community.
The money donated today will directly change the course of life for many girls and young women. We are supporting Off the Mat, Into the World and their partner organizations in India including: Apne Aap, Sanlaap, Kolkata Sanved and Made By Survivors all of which are run by local women in India, many who are survivors themselves. It may seem like changing one life from across the world is not enough. But if you are that one girl that gets rescued and then is allowed to live her life with dignity because of the resources provided by these organizations—it matters!!!
Thank you for being here as a community to participate in this very sacred ritual to send a collective message to each girls trapped in this life that we see you, we hear you, and we will continue to stand up and speak for your freedom.
Collective Intention: Compassion is the deep awareness of the suffering of others, coupled with a desire to alleviate it.
Donate here to support Jamie Hanson’s Global Seva Challenge efforts: http://www.causes.com/causes/652256-jamie-hanson-s-global-seva-challenge-india-2012-fundraising-page/actions/1627907