What it Takes to #WearHerStory and End Human Trafficking

There is a common denominator in the stories of human trafficking victims worldwide: vulnerability.

It’s this strain of vulnerability that sits at the root of exploitation and trafficking worldwide, and it must be addressed for true prevention. 

With vulnerability being a hot topic as of late, I feel I must elaborate; this kind of vulnerability is not of the healthy sort. This kind of vulnerability is birthed in lies and despair. It is the result of stolen hope and debilitation, and it's this sort of vulnerability manifesting itself among impoverished men and women across the globe who find themselves in unimaginable situations of exploitation and abuse.

Weakened by despair and unable to fight tough life situations, vulnerable and impoverished people tend to reach for any chance of a ticket to freedom and fulfillment (most commonly wealth and work). Unforuantely, vulnerability misguides their good intentions and leads them into situations of exploitation disguised as “opportunity”, with seemingly no way out. 

Vulnerability in Poverty

This unhealthy vulnerability is manifested largely in poverty and is running rampant along the Cambodian border. It’s easy to associate this poverty with a lack of money. But experiences in the Minefield Village have led me to discover that poverty is not simply just a lack of money; it is a lack of self-worth. 

You see, vulnerable impoverished people aren’t weak because they lack money, they’re weak because they've been misguided into believing that they are inferior. They believe they have no worth. This is particularly true in the Minefield Village where dignified education and vocational livli-hood was stripped away by a 1975 genocide and replaced with land-mines, and a lingering belief of insignificance. Yet, just as their weakness came from a misguided belief of insignificance, their strength rises from the believing the reality of their great worth. And this truth sets them free. 

 Creative Manager Kaitlyn poses with a Landmine Design artisan protege, who works alongside the women in hopes to work and safely learn with them one day.

Creative Manager Kaitlyn poses with a Landmine Design artisan protege, who works alongside the women in hopes to work and safely learn with them one day.

 Each Landmine Design product allows a woman to stay safely at home to raise her children and earn enough money to feed them each day. 

Each Landmine Design product allows a woman to stay safely at home to raise her children and earn enough money to feed them each day. 

Prevention in the Minefield Village

The Landmine Design program teaches impoverished women that they are valuable and important. By honoring their worth, our Cambodian artisans are enabled to identify danger in their village and make decisions that honor their worth and keep them safe from harm. This newly discovered wealth of confidence reveals their capability to create and joyfully labor for a wage that enables them to rise above poverty.

The life-changing stories of our artisan women in Cambodia are proof that prevention through education of self-worth works; second chances, desires fulfilled, relationships restored, homes built ...the list goes on!  Their stories speak of fear being replaced with confidence, compassion, and grit. These women demonstrate the life-changing power of self-confidence, love …and prevention. And so we encourage you to #WearHerStory and rise above poverty with her. 

Prevention at home: #WearHerStory

#WearHerStory and be empowered by the simple reminder that you, yes, YOU are able and worthy to help our world rise above situations of despair. By honoring your own worth you are likewise enabled to reduce despair, poverty and exploitation both globally and locally (...yup, it’s happening where you are, too)!

Each woman at Landmine Design  has found the moxie to replace her fear of vulnerability with honor that prevents her familiy from danger. READ their stories of prevention right here in the Landmine Design Journal, let them inspire you. BUY a piece of their beautifully handmade jewelry, and WEAR it as a reminder that you too have moxie. You can play a valuable role in the prevention of Human Trafficking worldwide.

Written by: Kaitlyn Rude, Landmine Design Creative Manager

 

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