Is There Finally a Sensible Prostitution Solution?

 

Pebble's Limited Edition Rag Doll

I heard a modern day abolitionist state that, “The effort to end modern day slavery and the fair trade movement, are not two separate things, they are Siamese twins.” I could not agree more. In Bangladesh women receiving a fair wage for their work will seldom resort to sex work.

I believe that there is only a fine line between prostitution and human trafficking. In many cases, that line has ceased to exist. The sex workers I have been privileged to know have been victims of horrific crimes. Not one of them woke up one morning and said, “Hmm! I could make a lot of money selling my body. This is what I want to do with my life.” No, it’s been a result of being victimized… of being so bloody beaten down, sometimes literally, that there is not much left for them to do or be. The whys behind prostitution are much deeper and complex than I can put into words but what I have seen in my experience makes me agree with something I read last night in an article entitled Sweden’s Prostitution Solution – in it Marie De Santis states that, “prostitution is a form of male violence against women.” In 1999, Sweden made it illegal to buy sex and, instead of punishing the one selling sex, now offer help and alternatives. Not only has this greatly diminished prostitution, it has had a huge effect on human trafficking. An estimated 200-400 women and girls are being trafficked into Sweden yearly, compared to the 15,000 – 17,000 being trafficked into Finland every year.

Dignity is priceless. That has become a mantra in my life. Something is twisted when a woman feels she has no options but to sell her body and is then criminalized for doing so. Her dignity was lost long before the arrest, long before she sold her body and yet, the one who bought the sex can walk away from her with his dignity more or less intact. This is seriously twisted! Words cannot do justice to how wrong this scenario is. If Sweden’s government can “get it” and make real, lasting changes, maybe there is hope for the the rest of us.

I’m enchanted by women’s stories and love uncovering the ways in which they connect. I’m a bit of a mystic, and see these stories as threads spinning the issues of fair trade and sex work together. Pebble addresses sex work by creating a compelling alternative and preventing it in the first place. Our goal as Kahiniwalla (which means “storyteller”) is to tell Pebble’s story and create a market for Pebble products creating even more opportunities for employment. We want to use the stories that we spin together and turn them into warm blankets to soothe the cold, desperate and hungry that have been wounded and left out in the cold.

5 Pebble Bunnies

Spring seems to be about as elusive as naughty bunnies hiding in the garden at night. Yes, I know, many of our gardens are still under a blanket of snow, but to us, bunnies symbolize the hope and energy spring will bring. We are sharing five of Pebble’s bunnies with you in hopes that they will be a timely reminder that spring is on its way!

Boy & Girl Bunny

  1. Boy Bunny – A classic from Pebble. Comfortable at the beach, at a 4th of July parade, he has that charming way of putting those around him at ease.
  2. Girl Bunny – Another classic from Pebble. A sunshine-y friend in a sundress. She lights up the room and has a great imagination. Recently spotlighted by The Talking Walnut blog, she didn’t even blush at all of the attention.Motif Star Bunny
  3. Organic Motif Bunny-Star/Organic Bunny Ring Rattle – A mainstay of Pebble’s Organic Collection, these bunnies are soft and playful and loved by grandmas and grandkids in equal measure.Stripey Bunnies
  4. Rainbow Stripey Bunny Rattle – A quick best-seller, this character is cheerful and energetic although his prankster antics often get him in “trouble”.
  5. Organic Stripey Bunny Rattle – Showcasing the latest color-ways from Pebble, the Organic Stripey Bunny is happy-go-lucky and always ready to tell a good story.

 

Which one is your favorite? Let us know on Facebook.

Pebble products are Fair Trade and made entirely by hand. To date, Pebble provides rural employment to over 6,500 women in rural Bangladesh. To read more about Pebble’s innovative and ethical manufacturing model read our post which summarizes a case study that MIT’s Innovations Journal published about it.

Handmade is Healthy

Carrot Knitting Pattern

Download the knitting instructions here.

If you run into any issues, please let me know. I am hosting this instructional PDF on Google Drive and the last time I posted something for our retailers to download I inadvertently had the permissions all locked up so that no one could download it. It was a great learning experience!

I have not knitted much so if you have any feedback concerning the instructions I would be pleased to hear it. They were originally written for an English audience so if you have any American equivalents (yarn etc.) I would be glad for your feedback.

Pebble: Kid Safe

 

 Pebble products are natural and safe for infants and children.

Pebble products are natural and safe for infants and children.

Safety from the get-go

Baby and child safety is taken into consideration right from the start at the design phase of Pebble products. Products are created using only cotton and filler. There are no trims, no buttons and no eyes which could detach and pose a choking hazard.

Independently Certified

All of the cotton used for Pebble products is Oeko-Tex 100 certified and processed in an Oeko-Tex certified mill.

Oeko-Tex certification ensures:

  • Low impact AZO free dyes
  • No allergenic dyes
  • No pesticides
  • Skin friendly pH
  • No formaldehyde
  • No flame retardant.

Pebble toys are EN71 tested for flammability.

In the U.S. Pebble toys are tested in Ohio and Pennsylvania and carry a Pennsylvania Registration # for stuffed toys.

Conscientious mom approved

B.EcoChic, who reviews and recommends healthy products for babies and children, has given its Seal of Approval to all of the Pebble products that we have submitted to date. See their review and recommendation here.

Thank you for caring about the health and development of your child and know that the fact that you purchased this Fair Trade product may well have contributed to the health and development of a child half way around the world.

Please contact us if you have any additional questions about the safety of the Pebble product line.