Songs Against Slavery is a social enterprise working to eradicate modern-day slavery. Through music, Songs Against Slavery empowers and inspires communities to join the fight against sex trafficking in the United States.
There are currently over 100,000 children being trafficked through the United States each year. With sex trafficking, slavery is no longer a thing of the past and this statistic is not an outlier. This is, unfortunately, a booming industry in the States, and the average age to enter trafficking is 12-14 years. Songs Against Slavery’s mission is to raise awareness and funds to end slavery once and for all. Through music, the organization provides a platform for educating others about the reality of sex trafficking, while raising money for the nonprofits committed to ending it.
Sex trafficking occurs when someone uses force, fraud or coercion to cause a commercial sex act with an adult or causes a minor to commit a commercial sex act. Commercial sex acts can cover a range of acts including prostitution, pornography and sexual performance done in exchange for any item of value, such as money, drugs, shelter, food or clothes. With the young entry age, victims are often naive to warning signs and are lured in with promises of love, community and protection. The result leaves these young kids and teens victim to a dangerous industry and exposed to a myriad of new threats — like domestic violence, drug or alcohol abuse.
There are currently over 100,000 children being trafficked through the United States each year…and the average age to enter trafficking is 12-14 years.
Started in 2011 by college freshman, Lauren Lancaster and Grace Theisen, Songs Against Slavery uses benefit concerts, events and musician partnership to realize its mission. Since its inception, they have put on 31 benefit concerts, hosted events in eight states, helped 14 nonprofits and raised over $360,000 for the fight against sex trafficking. Their outreach is also extending pathways to healing for some. They’ve had audience members self-identify as victims of sex trafficking at their concerts and have been able to direct them to the right support systems needed to go from victim to survivor.
Last Fall, they launched the Step Into Their Shoes campaign. For the month of October, they asked people nationwide to commit to walking 50,000 steps a week to raise money for the fight against sex trafficking. With over 160 people signing up, they were able to raise over $30,000 for their partner, Thistle Farms. This campaign allowed Thistle Farms to provide over 200 women, who had been involved in sex trafficking, with brand new bedding and clothing. The organization was thrilled by the success of the campaign and have plans coming in 2018 that they are excited to reveal soon. Stay up to date with them online, or on their social channels listed below, to hear the announcement first!
From Co-Founder, Grace Theisen:
We joined SEA because of the ability to get plugged into a larger network of resources. Hannah Davis (former lead of the Nashville Chapter of SEA and current Director of Community for SEA) was the main reason we joined. Since our first day working out of the Nashville Entrepreneur Center, she welcomed us with open arms and has been a well-spring of knowledge in helping us to grow our business, make the right connections and walk with us through major transitions. She checks in with us weekly on how we were doing with reaching our goals and spends countless hours with our team giving advice and brainstorming. We absolutely LOVE the SEA team and the network that it provides. We wouldn’t be where we are today without it.
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