Meet Flor Molina, a survivor of modern slavery in Los Angeles who has become a champion for trafficking victims and survivor protection. Her inspiring journey from sweatshop slavery to human rights activist and White House adviser embodies exceptional dedication and impact.
The Fashion for Freedom Award was created by Free the Slaves to honor changemakers working on the intersection of ethical fashion and slavery eradication.... Molina uses her voice to speak for those affected by the atrocity of sweatshop slavery in the garment industry. She was trafficked from Mexico to the U.S. in 2001 and forced to work in a garment factory in Los Angeles. Molina’s child died in Mexico because she could not afford medical expenses, making her “an easy target” for her trafficker, she says.
After being forced to work 18 hour days for more than a month, Molina convinced her trafficker to let her leave the factory to attend church. She never went back. The FBI began an investigation and connected Molina with the Coalition to Abolish Slavery and Trafficking (CAST), a nonprofit that provides comprehensive, life-changing services to survivors and advocates for groundbreaking policies and legislation.
Since her escape, Molina has done amazing work advocating for others who have been affected by labor trafficking. “The media covers a lot about sex slavery but doesn't talk about the labor side. I'm eager to raise awareness about labor trafficking because I am a labor trafficking survivor,” Molina says.
There is a Free the Slaves event next Saturday at the Mezzanine in NYC. They will be awarding Flor with the Fashion For Freedom Award and there will be lots of amazing ethical speakers to discuss what we can all do to ensure slavery ends today!