For the month of December, a dress is going to be more than a clothing item. For those who have signed up, it will be the daily decision to become an advocate for those affected by modern day slavery and human trafficking.
In South Dakota, December is one of the coldest months of the year, which means wearing a dress will be chilly, but it is a great way to start a conversation. Human trafficking is the illegal trade of human beings, and every 30 seconds someone becomes a victim of it, mainly for the purposes of forced labor and sex trafficking.
As the world's fastest growing criminal industry, it affects every nation across the globe. There are more slaves in the world today than at any other point in human history, with an estimated 27 million in bondage across the globe. Men, women, and children are being exploited for manual and sexual labor against their will. South Dakota has had more convictions of human trafficking than any other state.
Anyone is invited to become an advocate; one does not need to be wearing an actual dress. There will be pins shaped liked dresses available for those who would rather wear that than a dress. If you would like one, contact Jordan, or stop by the reception desk.
To end this event, the WELCA women are inviting women of the church to join them at their presentation about human trafficking in January. Call to Freedom will be their guest speaker that day.