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Life, Liberty, and The Pursuit of Happiness

– Outfit #8 to stand up against modern-day slavery/human trafficking & promote modesty!

If you’d like me to borrow your clothes to spread awareness against human trafficking and promote modesty, please E-mail me: marvelousthingsphoto@gmail.com

This lovely dress (well the top part seen here anyway) was borrowed from Dakota of Sweetheart of the Rodeo so I thank her again for being such a big help in these entries! Her dress was very short on me, so I put an Urban Outfitters skirt I’ve had a while over top of it.

There have been a few years in which Rob & I have gone to hear my friend Rachel’s (from last entry) dad read the Declaration of Independence in a reenactment. It is surprising to me how many people talk during the reading and don’t seem to care about hearing it, when it is a huge deal for why they live in the United States of America. Do they even really know what it says?

Reason why I’m doing this #8:
While many people are forced into the U.S. to work as slaves from outside of the country (and others taken from surrounding neighborhoods in the US), they learn that the US isn’t so filled with goodness or happiness as they always heard it to be. It is probably pretty shocking for them. Is this the freedom that our forefathers so spoke about? I wonder often what they would think about how people are treated today. Slavery has been at large in the US since before we became a country, while many took stances against it. Now it has just gone underground but never went away. Thankfully now it’s known as a crime and as wrong (while back in those days it was condoned by many and thought of as normal).

RestoreNYC is an organization that I have known about since they were being created, as I know someone who had volunteered for them from time to time (but now she is about to work in Thailand for IJM). I live very close to NYC where many massage parlors and brothels linger out in the open filled with women forced to work in sexual exploitation and prostitution. Keep in mind that in the start of our country, NYC was always pretty known for being against slavery, yet now it is filled with slaves. RestoreNYC has a safehouse in NYC where these women can rest more at ease and recover from their enslavement.

Many girls/women are imprisoned for being caught as prostitutes in NYC (did you know the average age for a girl put into prostitution in our country is 13?), often needing to do community service work. RestoreNYC has partnered with cops to help these women out! This is a very amazing thing. Another organization called GEMS in NYC does this as well (goodness I love the Safe Harbor Act). While many people would tend to believe that women in prostitution might “choose” their work (mainly those uneducated about this subject), RestoreNYC considers them all in need of restoration.

There are so many ways you can partner up or be involved in helping RestoreNYC. Please click here to read how.

“Sex trafficking is simply slavery. People think of this as being something that is happening in other parts of the world when it’s happening in our own backyards. When a woman comes out of a brothel she needs a safe place to stay. Currently in the city, this is a need that is not being met. Police come in, they raid a brothel. A woman is arrested on prostitution charges. These women are not seen as victims, they are seen as criminals. It’s a cycle that keeps repeating itself. That’s what Restore is trying to do, is trying to break that cycle.” – Faith Huckle, Executive Director of RestoreNYC

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19 thoughts on “Life, Liberty, and The Pursuit of Happiness

  1. Love the dress!I also dig that you're taking a social stance and incorporating these items into it accordingly. Very interesting and refreshing take on blogging! Can't wait to see more.

  2. I love how you layered the skirt over the dress–I love doing that with my dresses too! 🙂 Thanks for the link about RestoreNYC; I've bookmarked it to show my husband later on. 🙂

  3. first off, i applaud what you're doing and taking a stance.  But, i do have an objection to the quote at the bottom of your post.  while they may be victims, they are still crimminals, cuz it is a crime to be a prostitute except in nevada. being one doesn't have to negate being the other, kwim?  i know its nitpicky, but to be credible, these volunteer organizations trying to help these gals out really needs to speak truth, the whole truth.   keep up the good work!  

  4. Oh, I want that outfit! It's twirl inducing countryside sweetness! I remember going to those revolutionary war demonstrations in upstate NY when I was two. I remember it because the gun fires scared my pants off. My mom always has to remind me that I cried like there was no end!

  5. unfortunately the highest majority of people IN prostitution are children and are forced into it against their will and have such abuse and mind control done to them by pimps that they really should not be treated like criminals. They are children. They need to be showed love. there are parts of Nevada where prostitution is illegal, this is true, but the high majority of the cities has it legalized. They are speaking the truth, as some of the people who run the organizations like Rachel Lloyd of Gems came out of prostitution and she and Faith Huckle have worked with hundreds of young girls and women who have come out of it. That's why I speak about this, because we are raised in a world where they make it seem like all prostitutes choose to work in it. But that is the lie. 

  6. Such a wonderful way to raise awareness.  I love the outfit, that skirt is such a pretty blue.  Cool pictures of the reenactment people.  It's cool that they get together and do this, but a shame that some people weren't listening.  

  7. Wow, what an amazing post! I love all of the photos, this reminds me of all of those reenactments that they showed on Gilmore Girls 🙂 I really love the dress, or I should say the dress-skirt combo! And your hair! I am so jealous, I want my hair to grow long and I want to come over to your house so you can style it up all pretty-like 🙂

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