– Outfit #4 to stand up against modern-day slavery/human trafficking & promote modesty! –
A very beautiful dress borrowed from Jessica of Splendiferous Inclinations. Thank you! My husband will sometimes just drive around to find a place to quickly take some photos of me. We were going home from the supermarket with our boys and pulled into a location I have been to many many times. I bought some strawberries for my husband (I’m allergic to fruit) and thought they matched the dress well enough to use as a prop! Find out more about what fruit and slavery have in common below.
I am throwing rocks at oppression (okay I didn’t really throw this rock, but I want to destroy slavery).
Reason why I’m doing this #4:
Many of what people in the US (and UK from many news articles I’ve also read) consume regarding foods (in this case fruits and vegetables) are slave planted/picked (not all, of course). Before I actually knew anything about human trafficking, my husband and I boycotted a certain popular fast food company since they were not properly taking care of or paying their tomato pickers (been boycotted by us for probably 5 or 6 years now). It really made us upset to know that this was going on in our “land of the free”. It is best to purchase fair trade foods. Even if they are a little more expensive, they are planted/picked by people who are treated with respect, dignity, and are paid properly for their hard work.
There are many cases that still go on today of people holding slave camps where many immigrants especially don’t understand the laws in the US and come hoping for a good job and an opportunity to make money for their families. They often will be told by people in the US that they have just the job for them. They promise them great things but are held in horrible conditions where they are guarded, made to live in confined areas with many people piled in a room with awful conditions (bugs, lack of plumbing, etc) and a lack of food and water. They end up working long hours every day of the week with little to no pay. This is truly commonly found while also horrific that anyone would treat another human being this way so that one/a company can gain power and money for themselves (while people often die because of these conditions, but the slave owner doesn’t seem to care).
“In 2001, an African American crew leader named Michael Allen Lee pled guilty to keeping 24 African American orange pickers indebted throughout the 1990s by providing them with crack cocaine.” “In September 1999, Abel Cuello Jr, Basilio Cuello, and German Covarrubias, labor contractors from Immokalee, were arrested for the smuggling and involuntary servitude of 27 migrants, who had been held against their will and forced to work in southwestern Florida’s tomato fields. ” “Perhaps the most vicious case of modern migrant slavery is that of Florida-based labor contractor named Miguel Flores. Flores was indicted in 1996 for enslaving hundreds of Mexican and Guatemalan farm workers on a camp in South Carolina.” -John Bowe in his book Nobodies
If you’d like me to borrow your clothes to spread awareness against human trafficking and promote modesty, please E-mail me: firstname.lastname@example.org.