FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Often when I'm sharing about my passion to end human trafficking and the lifestyle I choose to live, I face a lot of questions. Here is a list of the most frequently asked. If you do not find the answer to your question below, please email me and I'll do my best to answer it for you!
1. Slavery still exists?
Yes! It is estimated that there are currently 27-36 million people enslaved worldwide.
2. It doesn't happen in the United States, does it?
Unfortunately, yes, Every country in the world is affected by this injustice. With 10,000 children estimated to be in the sex trade in the United States each year, it is clear that the total number of human trafficking victims in the U.S. reaches into the hundreds of thousands when estimates of both adults and minors and sex and labor trafficking are aggregated. It’s also estimated that 17,500 people are trafficked into the US from around the world every year. This is not to say all victims are foreign—domestic trafficking is common practice. Those at high risk include runaway teens and women/children living below the poverty line. Areas of exploitation include: factories, farms, restaurants, domestic servitude, the sex trade, and much more.
3. What can I do?
I’m glad you asked. Here are a few suggestions:
1. Pray for those being trafficked and their traffickers
2. Educate yourself and others
3. Become a Holistic Consumer - more info here
4. Donate to or volunteer with a reputable anti-trafficking organization
4. How do I know which products have been tainted by slavery?
It’s hard to say. Most large corporations have a supply chain/anti-slavery clause on their website, but it doesn’t mean they adhere to it. I always suggest starting with certified products and being diligent in researching out a company before you make a purchase.
5. It sounds like too much work. I don’t have the time or extra money to live the way you do.
Not necessarily a question, but something I’m going to address anyways. I have chosen to live a very intentional lifestyle. One that takes the time to research companies, their practices, and the stances they take on this issue. It’s not just a “trendy issue” like some say—it’s human lives. It’s beyond important. These individuals are worth the time and research. Maybe it means you have to spend less or make cuts somewhere else in your budget. Maybe it means walking away from the perfect dress or pair of shoes because you can’t confirm they were manufactured in an ethical manner. Regardless, let these large companies know you care about the people who make the products you want to buy.
6. Does organic mean it’s free from exploitation?
Not necessarily. No certification is perfect, but we have to work with what’s available. Organically produced goods have much higher standards and are monitored more closely to receive and maintain its certification. It lessens the risk that exploitation is occurring, but doesn’t guarantee it. It is, however, better for the environment and you so that’s a win in itself! Certifications that are meant to guarantee fair wages and ethical treatment of workers are Fair Trade and Direct Trade.
7. Why do you feel this lifestyle should be the lifestyle lived by those in the church?
I’m not interested in promoting a trendy lifestyle. I’m interested in promoting the value and well-being of every individual on this earth. It’s God’s heart—He hates injustice. His heart is for the orphan, widow, and oppressed. His heart and our heart have to be the same. The best way I know how to translate God’s heart into my everyday life is by promoting freedom, sustainability, and value in every decision I make. Please don’t think I’m perfect of have it all figured out—I’m learning as I go.
8. You have a very strict diet. There’s no way I can live that way. Does this mean I can’t live ethically?
People often confuse my stance on health and nutrition with my stance on living an ethical, sustainable lifestyle. While there can be overlap between the two, you can do one without the other. I have found what works for me and you’ll see recipes on this site that correlate with my diet. However, I’m concerned about the quality of the goods you’re consuming, not the specific ingredients. For example, if you’re going to buy coffee or sugar—make sure it’s fair/direct trade certified. Do I believe you should avoid processed food? Absolutely. I believe a whole food diet is the best way to care for the body God has given you—but I don't believe everyone has to be as restrictive as I am.
9. This is very overwhelming. How do you handle it?
By the grace of God. As a believer in Christ, I’m able to live confidently in the purpose He has given me and rest assured that justice will be served on behalf of those directly affected by this injustice.