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The Battle Against Human Trafficking- By Brigitte Perreault

Human trafficking is a growing international issue that we, at PERREAULT Magazine, will continue to bring in the forefront in order to raise awareness and to help create sustainable solutions.
Human Trafficking is defined as the acquisition of people using force, deception, or coercion with the intent to exploit.

Men, women, and children are sold into a $150 billion annual market for sex and labor. This is happening globally, and domestically; in urban and suburban areas; in hotels, restaurants, and on street corners. Slavery is wrapped up in almost every industry’s supply chain, tainting the food we eat, the clothes we buy, and the electronics we love.

After the international drug trade, trafficking of humans is tied with arms dealing as the second- largest criminal industry in the world. Human trafficking is the recruitment, transportation, transfer, harboring or receipt of persons, by means of the threat or use of force or other forms of coercion, of abduction, of fraud, of deception, of the abuse of power or of a position of vulnerability or of the giving or receiving of payments or benefits to achieve the consent of a person having control over another person, for the purpose of exploitation.

BP:      Please share with us and what keeps you motivated to keep doing what you do.
DB:     What motivates me and inspires me is to take social development to another level. We don’t want to give people a fish; we want to teach them how to fish. We want to give them equity in the pond. Because when you have equity in the pond, you are able to make decisions about your future. I don’t want to be about ‘charity’, I want to be about ‘empowerment’. I believe that will create real social development that brings about real change in a sustainable way.
“Everything starts with one step.”  -  David Batstone

Not For Sale has grown into a team of 15 in San Francisco and over 30 world-wide. They manage social impact programs on the ground; monitor, measure, and assess the depth and breadth of their impact; tell stories to connect us to the most vulnerable; and create meaningful relationships with people, communities, and companies.

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