One More Reason to Love (And Buy) Punjammies
For years I've been a Punjammies fan. And yes, I've been known to wear my punjammies in public with a cute t-shirt and flip-flops. What's not to like about bold prints, comfy styles, and supporting women who have been freed from slavery? I just received the email update below from "The International Princess Project" that produces Punjammies. There's bad news in this report: more people are currently enslaved than previous estimates had indicated. But there's good news too: "International Princess" is making a difference right where the incidence of slavery is the highest. My friend, John Richmond, quoted below, is a man of deep faith and professional expertise. You can trust his recommendation of "International Princess." Hope you enjoy your pumjammies as much as I enjoy mine!
UPDATE FROM INTERNATIONAL PRINCESS
INDIA HAS GREATEST NUMBER OF MODERN-DAY SLAVES
Human trafficking is the fastest growing crime worldwide. More people each year are becoming aware of this reality, but rarely do we see such gut-wrenching evidence as in the first-ever Global Slavery Index, released by The Walk Free Foundation just this week. The Index reports: "The country with the largest estimated number of people in modern slavery is INDIA, estimated to having between 13,300,000 and 14,700,000 people enslaved." It also estimates that there are 29.8 million individuals trapped in the ravages of slavery around the world, higher than researcher Kevin Bales' widely accepted estimate of 27 million.
This means nearly half of all the girls, boys, women, and men enslaved in the world are in India, where International Princess™ Project and our partners work passionately to bring freedom to those in bondage.
We are right in the middle of the fight.
My friend, human trafficking expert, and former Director of International Justice Mission's work in India, John Richmond says, "International Princess™ Project is right at the epicenter…at ground zero" of this global atrocity."
I shudder to think of the day-to-day realities of those enslaved around the world. As clear as if it were yesterday, I remember the faces I saw as I walked through red light districts in India. Through air filled with hopelessness and despair, I heard the pitter-patter of little feet as the children of these young girls and women ran through their playground—a brothel.
Thankfully, there is another story as well. I have looked into the eyes of those whose freedom has been restored, and I have seen them sparkle. I have heard the laughter of girls and ladies whose lives have been redeemed. I have touched the faces of young children who now play in a safe community. And I have sat in the homes of families once caught in generational slavery whose freedom has ended the cycle!
To every one of you who has purchased PUNJAMMIES™: YOU have helped make this change possible. To every person who has donated to and partnered with International Princess™ Project, THANK YOU for helping to bring freedom to those once enslaved.
These new Global Slavery Index statistics only add fuel to the fire of our commitment, and we invite you to join us as we continue to fight human trafficking, end modern slavery, and bring the light of hope to those in darkness.
In partnership with the International Princess Project, we have the opportunity to:
- Advocate for women enslaved in prostitution.
- Restore their broken lives.
- Empower them to live free.
Helpful Holiday Hint: My first punjammies were a Christmas gift from my daughter!