Leave no-one behind
The theme for the 2023 World Day Against Trafficking in Persons is "Reach every victim of trafficking, leave no-one behind". The United Nations' Office on Drugs and Crime has recently released some disturbing figures. It notes that the climate emergency and the number of people displaced by civic unrest and war has resulted in far more people becoming vulnerable to human traffickers. At the same time, Covid has pushed much of the work of traffickers underground, making it harder to detect. And there are signs around the world that, in the face of multiple crises, the plight of victims of human trafficking is no longer being prioritized: in the US, for example, detection rates for human trafficking fell by 11% and convictions rates dropped by plummeted by 27%. The world is failing victims on multiple fronts: to detect victims, to rehabilitate and protect them when they escape or are freed, and to convict those guilty of such terrible crimes.
It's not OK to leave these victims behind - to turn a blind eye. Most of these victims are women and girls - someone's daughter, mother, sister. They are precious people whose lives have meaning. Yet they are held prisoner by people who see them only as bodies to be financially exploited.
But what can we do?
At Still Water Scarves we want to make a difference - and we want to help you make a difference. As I thought through the idea of "Leave no-one behind", I thought of the image of the shepherd, gathering up the lost, taking them to safety.
In recognition of the UN's World Day Against Trafficking in Persons, we are releasing our Shepherd scarf in a new fabric, cotton modal, for a very special price. Normally $65, we are selling it with $10 off for just $55 - an offer only available from July 30-August 30. Cotton modal is a beautiful modern fabric with a soft drape that works in every season.
We invite you to support the victims of human trafficking by buying one of our new scarves at this special price. All our profit goes to Tear Fund. We truly believe we can make a difference: one scarf at a time.