19th April, 2012 - Posted by Malia Everette - 2 Comments
TassaTag is a special luggage tag that helps you claim your luggage more easily and is a visible voice against child sex tourism for the travel industry.
Tassa Tag is a project of ECPAT-USA and stands for Travelers Take Action Against Sex Slavery and Trafficking. TassaTags are big, bright 4”x6” hand-woven cotton, fair-trade luggage tags.
The TassaTag project raises funds (in the US) for the following purposes:
- To train people in the Travel Industry to take an active role against sex tourism.
- To Inform the public that sex with children is against the law everywhere, and if caught the person will be prosecuted and extradited to their home country, if necessary.
- To mobilize congress against child sex tourism
While the mission is compelling enough today it is the motivation behind the tags and the personal passion of the founder of the project, Brenda Hepler that we wanted to share with you.
When asked what motivated the her to get involved Brenda states:
“ The horror of a child being a sex slave was so horrendous to me, I could not turn away. So I created the TassaTag, was led to the Regina Center where the women perfected the prototype, and then gave them to ECPAT-USA where I continue to volunteer as the director of the TassaTag Project.”
TassaTags provide work with dignity for women at the Regina Center in Nongkai, Thailand and funds the pre-schooling for their children.
At Global Exchange we know the power of Fair Trade and advocacy. When you support Tassa Tag you support ECPAT-USA’s work to raise awareness of the sexual exploitation of children in the travel industry and the community they employ in Nongkai.
- Become a visible voice against the sexual trafficking of children while finding your bags easily by picking up a TassaTag of your own;
- Learn more about efforts to combat human trafficking on an advocacy Reality Tour!
Posted on: April 19, 2012