January 17, 2013

Kiss Slavery Goodbye


The other day Matthew and I watched that movie Taken about the young (I think college age) girl who was abducted by human traffickers in Paris and sold into sex slavery (before her father, some secret agent guy, shot up half of Europe to get her back), and I couldn't help thinking about Radiant Cosmetics and the work they do to prevent and end the travesty of human trafficking (slavery) that truly does exist in our world today. January is Human Trafficking Awareness Month, and Radiant has a campaign going called "Kiss Slavery Goodbye." For every lipstick sold, Radiant will donate another lipstick for outreach programs to current victims as well as survivors (on top of the 20% of proceeds that they already donate to the cause).

I know it's hard for many of us to even fathom this atrocity, but it really does happen, and right in our own backyards. Read more about it here.

The shade I'm wearing above is called Moscow and it, along with many other lovely lip colors, can be found and purchased here. (this particular lip color is a matte, but I paired it with a bit of chapstick to combat dry winter lips.)

You can make a difference, just by buying a pretty new lipstick. Let's kiss slavery goodbye, shall we?


21 comments:

  1. This organisation is fantastic...thank you so much for sharing. Living in a country where human trafficking is rife and volunteering with various NGO's who work in this area I am thrilled to find a cosmetic company supporting such a worthy cause!! Gosh I loved the line "My dream is to set the captives free, one lipstick at a time." Just amazing!!

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  2. Recently it was brought to my attention HOW much this does happen. Thank you for posting because I think it does sadly go unnoticed. I love the efforts companies are making to "get the word" out there about this.

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  3. I can't thank you enough for posting about this. So many people have no idea that slavery still exists. But, it exists in a horrible, ugly, nasty way. To think that people live their lives in complete and total bondage breaks my heart. Thank you for standing up for something good. Makes my heart happy.

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  4. PS. I'd love to know the products you've tried and liked. I think I'll be slowly switching all my makeup over to Radiant!

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  5. I took a class on human trafficking in college and it really is so much more prevalent than most of us think, even here in the US. It's crazy! So glad to see you supporting the cause. And the fresh, pink lip looks gorgeous :)

    xo,
    Erika

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  6. I was thinking of the movie 'The Whisteblower' the other day, and it's about human trafficing, but in another country; so it's funny that you're posting about it today.
    But it is a terrible thing that's happening around us, and I was thinking the other day too, about how it might be going on every day, which according to the article you linked, that it is. Pretty scary.
    But it's great that you're doing a post in support of it, and that lipstick is very pretty!

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  7. What a great cause... have you ever heard of the A21 campaign? They are a driving force in the world of human trafficing, they work with a lot of the brands that donate money!

    I will def. be checking out this brand! Thanks for the info!

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  8. Such a great cause, and I've been seeing Radiant's message getting out all over blogland.- Thanks for being a part of the movement!

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  9. Ooh, I love them! I got a complimentary blush when I ordered a lipstick and it is now my favorite blush ever. Plus, I mean, you just can't beat the whole "for a good cause" thing.

    xoxo

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  10. What a great cause. Thanks for sharing this! I just heard a story on NPR earlier this week about a girl who was sold into human trafficking by her PARENTS. The worst part - it happened right here in San Francisco, not overseas in some faraway land. It's definitely an issue that needs more awareness here in the states.

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  11. crazy that this still happens today, even in the U.S.!
    what an amazing cause, thanks for sharing lady~

    xo the egg out west.

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  12. Sweet cause and so creative. Thanks for sharing. That color looks great on you!

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  13. This is a wonderful organization and I hope that in the near future we can see an end to human trafficking.

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  14. Such a great cause! Human trafficking is very much a real and I hate that so many people are clueless about it. Thank you for helping to get the word out, J!

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  15. Just to add some statistics on human trafficking for readers' information, the International Labor Organization estimates that 2.5 million people are currently in forced labor (this includes sexual exploitation). Approximately 1.2 million of those people are children. It's also important to be aware that when large sporting or political events happen in big cities that human trafficking in those areas increases due to demand for prostitution. And according the US State Department, for every 800 people trafficked, 1 person was convicted for human trafficking (that stat was current as of 2006). I really appreciate organizations that bring the issue to light but I have to make a personal plug for organizations that donate all of their proceeds directly to end slavery and assist survivors. :)

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  16. What a fabulous post! I don't even wear lipstick and I'm making a purchase ASAP!

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  17. THANK YOU FOR POSTING ABOUT THIS! I work for a nonprofit that educates and empowers young people to solve Global Issues, human slavery/trafficking is definitely one of our focus areas. It happens even in the United States, and people don't even know. Keep up the good work :)

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  18. Man-that stuff makes me sick.. I wish it just didn't exist..

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  19. This is awesome! My older sister lives in Austin and told me about this company awhile ago. I love what they do! Nice post! :)

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  20. Great organization. So glad to see so many bloggers bringing up this difficult topic. The more awareness we can generate, the better it will be for everyone everywhere!

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  21. I love that you're bringing awareness to such an important issue that is so often forgotten about, especially for occurring in our own countries. The fact that 20% of every Radiant purchase goes towards programs that support ending sex slavery/human trafficking is amazing, but I have the same questions about their "Kiss Slavery Goodbye" campaign as I do about TOMs and other "buy-one-donate-one" campaigns. My question is this: how does free lipstick help a victim of such heinous crimes? Wouldn't it just be better to provide them with support programs? These questions are not meant condescendingly at all, and I am by no means an expert on this area, so if it provides victims with a sense of self-worth or allows them to reconnect with their sexuality positively then I can totally get behind that, I just think these are important things to think about when businesses get involved in human rights and development projects. I hope you don't find this rude or out of place, Jenni. I totally respect what you're doing with using your very public blog to raise awareness about something important that many of your readers might not know about otherwise.

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