National Human Trafficking Awareness Day is observed annually on January 11. Beginning in 2010, by Presidential Proclamation, each January has been designated National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month.

“As we work to dismantle trafficking networks and help survivors rebuild their lives, we must also address the underlying forces that push so many into bondage. We must develop economies that create legitimate jobs, build a global sense of justice that says no child should ever be exploited, and empower our daughters and sons with the same chances to pursue their dreams. This month, I call on every nation, every community, and every individual to fight human trafficking wherever it exists. Let us declare as one that slavery has no place in our world, and let us finally restore to all people the most basic rights of freedom, dignity, and justice and freedom of religion”.

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Model: Erica L. Graham
Photographer: Oko Foto
Designer: Pearl Reich

 

Over a century and a half after President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation, millions remain in bondage — children forced to take part in armed conflict or sold to brothels by their destitute families, men and women who toil for little or no pay, who are threatened and beaten if they try to escape. Slavery tears at our social fabric, fuels violence and organized crime, and debases our common humanity. During National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month, we renew our commitment to ending this scourge in all its forms.

PEARLPERRI has a line of clothing inspired by freedom of all types of human slavery. This clothing line represents her compassion and pain towards those people who are covered up both figuratively and physically . We all know that human slavery takes place in the most modern countries surrounded by the most developed technology. This FREE THE NIPPLE, THE NUDEDRESSED AND THE NEWDRESSED line of fashion are all designed very revealing to represent the ability to get rid of body shame and guilt, to accept the body for its unique design and remember that all of you belongs to you and you only.

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Model: Erica L. Graham
Photographer: Oko Foto
Designer: Pearl Reich

 

Between 21 million and 30 million men, women and children are enslaved today. That means there are more slaves now than during all the years of the entire transatlantic slave trade combined.

“It ought to concern every person, because it is a debasement of our common humanity. It ought to concern every community, because it tears at our social fabric. It ought to concern every business, because it distorts markets. It ought to concern every nation, because it endangers public health and fuels violence and organized crime. I’m talking about the injustice, the outrage, of human trafficking, which must be called by its true name — modern slavery.”
– President Barack Obama in remarks to the Clinton Global Initiative in 2012)

Human trafficking is further broken down into two forms: labor trafficking and sex trafficking. Labor trafficking occurs in contexts that can include all forms of labor and services, including domestic servitude, sweat shops, and farm laborers forced to work without pay. Sex trafficking occurs in contexts that encompass the commercial sexual exploitation of children (CSEC), as well as all adults who engage in a commercial sex act because of force, fraud, or coercion.

While all human trafficking involves exploitation, not all forms of labor or sexual exploitation are considered human trafficking.

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Model: Erica L. Graham
Photographer: Oko Foto
Designer: Pearl Reich

 

I had the honor and privilege once again to work with one of the most creative, professional photographer and kind human being I know, known as Oko Foto – Dave Tracey who currently resides in North Carolina and is also a loving father of a beautiful family . Dave the photographer was gracious enough to set my company up with fabulous, talented model by the name of Erica L Graham, who is a booking agent, an entertainment director and an in-toxicologist in Salisbury NC. Speaking with Erica was an experience worth every bit of my work as a fashion designer, she was so overflowing with love and enthusiasm to be part of this inspiring HUMAN TRAFFICKING photography project. She even shared that she has a close friend by the name of Jillian Mourning who has gone through this heart breaking traumatic experience yet despite it all managed to rebuild her life from ashes to triumph and love. Jillian now continues to help others by running an organization called ” ALLWEWANTISLOVE .” Please help build this world into a safer haven by informing yourself about what is truly happening right next to you, by contributing in any way towards this and other organizations that need your assistance. knowledge is power… So read and wear your heart on your sleeve by spreading awareness and love to all equally.

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Model: Erica L. Graham
Photographer: Oko Foto
Designer: Pearl Reich

 

“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about the things that matter.” – Martin Luther King, Jnr

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Model: Erica L. Graham
Photographer: Oko Foto
Designer: Pearl Reich

 

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