This year, alongside other Peace Corps Volunteers and other men and women around the world, I am participating in Dressember. Dressember is a month-long challenge to wear a dress (or tie/bow-tie for men) every single day during the month of December while raising awareness about human trafficking. The idea is that we can use what we wear to start a conversation about the global issue of human trafficking.
To be honest, I didn’t know much about human trafficking before coming to Moldova and starting my Peace Corps journey. Here’s what I’ve learned about human trafficking, and in particular, human trafficking in relation to Moldova:
Moldova has a population of approximately 3.5 million; 10,400 are currently estimated to be in modern slavery.
In the U.S., approximately 60,000 people are estimated to be enslaved globally → This comes to 0.02% of the population.
Moldova is currently ranking #37 on the Global Slavery Index for countries with the highest prevalence of modern slavery (down from #6 in 2013).
Moldova is primarily an origin country for victims of human trafficking.
- Around the world today, there are an estimated 45.8 million men, women and children trapped in modern slavery.
As you may have noticed, Moldova has made improvements in terms of the ranking of countries with the highest prevalence of modern slavery. This is largely thanks to an increase in education about trafficking and how to prevent it.
In addition to wearing a dress every day and starting conversations around the topic of human trafficking, I am posting information on social media in both Romanian and English. And I’ve also started a fundraising page where people (hi friends and family back home!) can donate to Dressember. Donations to the Dressember 2016 campaign will support the work of International Justice Mission and A21, two human rights organizations that are bringing rescue and freedom to victims of slavery, sex trafficking and other forms of violent oppression. My team, the Moldova ATIP team has a goal of $10,000 to raise and I hope you’ll consider helping out! You can donate by clicking here.
And if anyone would like to participate in Dressember but doesn’t want to wear a dress every day, we will be having solidarity days each Friday, and I encourage you to wear a dress or tie/bowtie on those days, while also spreading information about human trafficking.