For most of you reading this blog, I'd venture to say that traveling is something you love to do (and if you are lucky do often) or at least you might hold a romantic notion about traveling to foreign places, eating exotic foods and experiencing new cultures and places. I certainly do. I love to travel. Its a priority for me. I love doing it with my family and 2 year old daughter, who I'm pretty sure loves experiencing new places too (though I think we could do without the 12 hour plane rides...).
But there is a dark side of travel for many disadvantaged people in the world. Human trafficking is a life changing experience of complete terror and vulnerability, where people (often women and children) are taken away from their homes and families and then bought and sold into slavery. Currently there are an estimated 27 million people being held as slaves in the world. They are forced to work in the sex industry or in labor camps in industries such as cocoa. It is disgusting and maddening that such crimes are committed so frequently in our "advanced" society. How can we let this happen?
So for all of you travel lovers, here is a small way that you can help. Lusso Bags is a sweet little company with a sweet little product and a big mission. They work with women in India from the fairtrade group, Freeset who have traded a life in the sex trade for a new life as a seamstress to make beautiful organic cotton and fairtrade shoe bags and other bags to help organize your suitcase and your life. Five percent of the cost of each bag is donated to help stop human trafficking. Its a win, win. You get to fill your suitcase or your diaper bag full of organized little bags of whimsy, while you are supporting women in their journey into a better life.
We love Lusso Bags for - their clean, yet whimsical design sense; their great blog, The Lusso Report on traveling, packing, fashion and socially conscious living; and their motto "Help a little...Help a lot." So next time you need to organize something, shop Lusso Bags and remember how you can help them to end human trafficking with your support. Happy travels!