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I recently caught up with a girlfriend from my hometown of Chicago whom I befriended during my college days as a waitress in an upscale Italian Steakhouse. She is currently traveling through India and Nepal as a missionary, delivering hope to victims of sex trafficking. I sent her essential oil vials to take on the journey, in order to support both her emotions as well as those of the women and children she encountered on the streets.
Sex Trafficking Defined
According to the Office of Refugee Resettlement, victims of human trafficking are subjected to force, fraud, or coercion for the purpose of commercial sex or forced labor. A 2011 Department of State report revealed the geographic locations with the highest percentages of sex trafficking victims include: Thailand, India, Mexico, Philippines, Honduras, and Nepal. This is not to say that sex trafficking doesn’t exist in the United States, it does. International travel-hubs like California and Texas host higher concentrations of immigrant populations and subsequently, have higher sex-trafficked victims.
According to research, over 20 million adults and children are bought and sold worldwide into commercial sexual servitude, forced labor, and bonded labor. Almost 6 in 10 identified trafficking survivors were trafficked for sexual exploitation-98% of which are women and girls.
This is a criminal act in over 130 countries, yet sex trafficking is reported to be one of the fastest growing enterprises in the world. This is unacceptable. We must create awareness where there is none, and increase awareness where it is stagnant.
Last night while listening to some acoustic recordings by singer-songwriter Tracy Chapman, I reflected on my decision to join doTERRA as a Wellness Advocate earlier this year. Why do I share essential oils with others? Why did I choose this journey?
The short answer is this: People matter to me.
I learned that nearly 2/3 of the nations where these precious, potent, and pure essential oils are sourced are developing countries. For me, the opportunity to share oils with the world is an educational platform. My heart beats for the deeply impoverished, the lost, the forgotten, and the voiceless. I am passionate about connecting with people and creating global bridges of understanding, and doTERRA gives me that incredible opportunity.
Each time I share a bottle of these highly aromatic oils, my mind is instantly transported to the British Columbian forests where Arborvitae trees stretch towards the sky, the vast Bulgarian lavender fields, and to the dry, dusty, and desolate stretches of Haiti where the Vetiver root is sourced and distilled. The benefits of using these oils goes beyond personal health and wellness. It is about coming into relationship with the human beings who helped in the arduous processes of harvesting, farming, and distilling.
Operation Underground Railroad.
doTERRA’s philanthropic arm, Healing Hands Foundation, has already made a huge impact in so many lives around the world. The most recent partnership of the Foundation is an organization created to rescue children from slavery and from sex trafficking- Operation Underground Railroad (O.U.R. Rescue). Founded in 2013 by Tim Ballard, the rescue team is composed of former CIA, Navy SEALs, and Special Ops operatives that work together with local law enforcement to rescue children. To date, O.U.R. has rescued 693 victims and assisted in the arrests of more than 300 traffickers around the world. Read about his undercover and emotional journey in Haiti here.
You may be thinking, “How can I help?” or “How can the sale of one essential oil bottle help put a stop to sex trafficking?” 100% of the proceeds from the sale of every bottle of HOPE Touch essential oil are donated directly to the mission of Operation Underground Railroad.
Let’s join together and help spread HOPE to a world so desperately in need of our love, caring, and voices.
To learn more about Operation Underground Railroad and how your donations through the purchase of the HOPE Touch essential oil are helping children around the world, click here. To purchase this oil, please click here.
For more information about the Healing Hands Foundation, click here.
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Jennifer Miller is a Las Vegas based writer, doTERRA wellness advocate, and business coach for global NGO BeadforLife. Her passions include: serving people, inspiring ideas, and helping others live their purpose. For more inspiration on beginning your essential oil journey, click here.