The Demand Change Project was a first ever collaboration between the Men’s, MATTOO, and Women’s, Breaking Free, anti-trafficking movements in Minnesota to end the demand for the buying and selling of human beings for any purpose. The 2-day International Human Trafficking event included educational discussions led by researchers, law enforcement, and advocates. The two day event culminated with a MATTOO men’s walk, after first hearing stories from trafficking survivor and then marching on the streets of St. Paul to join the Breaking Free women’s event to unite as one voice for the Demand Change Project.
Students from Minnesota School of Business Lakeville Massage Therapy Spring 2011 Business of Massage Class assisted with various events held at the Crown Plaza in St. Paul MN on May 13 & 14 2011, to help Breaking Free offer services and resources that seek to end the cycle of enslavement in Minnesota. We require our students and ourselves to abide by the highest ethical standards as part of our profession. This event was critical for us to participate in because it is recognized by all professional massage organizations that human trafficking affect the therapeutic massage profession.
We want to support the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork (NCBTMB) in their efforts to raise awareness about human trafficking and organized prostitution.
To help spread the word on trafficking, NCBTMB has begun broad scale distribution of its Human Trafficking – What You Need to Know brochure, produced in partnership with Polaris Project. “Polaris Project has greatly enjoyed our collaboration with NCBTMB on this important anti-trafficking work,” said Bradley Myles, Executive Director and CEO of Polaris Project. “By reaching out to state massage licensing boards, nationally certified massage therapists and massage schools and students, I believe this targeted anti-trafficking initiative will reach an unprecedented number of stakeholders who all play a critical role in helping to stamp out human trafficking.” Working together, NCBTMB and Polaris Project hope to raise awareness to help eliminate human trafficking from the massage therapy profession, to safeguard and protect both therapists and consumers.