Why, amongst the myriad of amazing causes, did PS Nails choose to support A21?
The answer, while simple, isn’t short. It all started with the horrid realisation that slavery – the thing I once thought mostly dead and buried in the annuls of sordid history – is truly alive and well in today’s day and age. I had a vague understanding that there was “some” illegal human trafficking in the world, but no understanding of the enormous scale it exits on in reality, and what little knowledge of it I did have, I (ashamed to admit it) didn’t really give it much thought.
A 2012 TedEX video by photographer Lisa Kristine – who travels the world documenting the harsh realities of modern-day slavery – highlighted the plight of more than 27 MILLION souls enslaved worldwide, whose average age is 12…
That reality came crashing down on me like a ton of bricks. My immediate thought was “Why hasn’t someone done something about this!”, quickly followed by “I need to do something!” to the overwhelmingly defeated feeling of “I wouldn’t even know what to do or where to start.”
My sister had recently (oddly enough around the same time now that I think of it) been exposed to the realities of people caught in the illegal sex trafficking trade, through a talk by an A21 representative. The A21 campaign was (and is still) working hard to create awareness for human trafficking, provide education for those at risk individuals, and literally assisting in the prosecution of those who perpetrate these crimes.
What was immediately obvious to the both of us was that this organisation was well run, getting results and truly making a difference in the world. We also understood that the practical need of this organisation was financial aid – and that was how we knew we could help. We both knew that this was an organisation that we needed to get behind – our way of helping and doing “something”.
If you feel, as we do, that everyone has a role to play and that everyone can do something to stop modern-day slavery, then we would encourage you to get involved! You can do something and your something will make all the difference to someone.
Will you join us?
Natalia and Nicole