Pictures For a Purpose

Mini Portrait Sessions ▪ Saturday, October 6th 2012 ▪ Redmond, WA

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Our Cause

Eastside Women of Purpose partners with quality organizations who work on the ground with people most affected by human trafficking issues. Pictures for a Purpose raises money to support specific projects for the year focused on education and prevention with children, intervention, holistic training, and sustainable living after coming out of the bars and brothels.

What Is Trafficking?

Sexual trafficking is defined as the instance in which a commercial sex act (prostitution, stripping, pornography, etc) induced by force, fraud or coercion, or in which the person or persons induced to perform such an act have not yet attained the age of 18. It is important to note that a victim need not be physically transported from one location to another in order for the crime to fall within this definition. 
(U.S. Department of State’s annual Trafficking in Persons report, 2010, p.8)
Labor trafficking is defined as the instance in which a person or persons is forced, tricked or coerced into a labor situation or bonded labor in which an unrealistic debt is accumulated. Agriculture, massage parlors, maid services and child labor are common sources of labor trafficking.

A Global Epidemic

There are more than 27 million people enslaved today, more than at any other time in history.  In fact, human trafficking is the third largest type of crime in the world - only after drug and weapon trafficking.  

Unlike drugs, vulnerable boys, girls, men and women are a reusable commodity.  However, unlike a pill or powder, these human beings have souls, families, and emotions.  Human sex trafficking is modern day slavery. 

Human trafficking is a crime that can be found in literally every country in our globe, including the United States.  There are between 100,000 - 300,000 trafficking victims in the US alone.

2011 Pictures For A Purpose

We are proud to say Pictures For A Purpose raised $15,000 towards our cause in 2011! Thanks to all of you who participated for making this possible! That money has funded a safe house in Thailand for an entire year! Lives have been changed thanks to YOU!

Here are a few organizations EWOP has supported over the past year:

Freedom Stones International

Washington Anti-Trafficking Response Network

Shared Hope International

Global Breakthrough

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