Issue 01 in Support of Polaris

For the first issue of Rose Magazine we will be donating $5 for each magazine sold to Polaris. Polaris is an organization who supports victims of human trafficking. 

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This is an article published by Polaris on the statistics of human trafficking. 

"Although slavery is commonly thought to be a thing of the past, human traffickers generate hundreds of billions of dollars in profits by trapping millions of people in horrific situations around the world, including here in the U.S. Traffickers use violence, threats, deception, debt bondage, and other manipulative tactics to force people to engage in commercial sex or to provide labor or services against their will. While more research is needed on the scope of human trafficking, below are a few key statistics:

  • The International Labour Organization estimates that there are 40.3 million victims of human trafficking globally.
    • 81% of them are trapped in forced labor.
    • 25% of them are children.
    • 75% are women and girls.
  • The International Labor Organization estimates that forced labor and human trafficking is a $150 billion industry worldwide.
  • The U.S. Department of Labor has identified 139 goods from 75 countries made by forced and child labor.
  • In 2016, an estimated 1 out of 6 endangered runaways reported to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children were likely child sex trafficking victims.
    • Of those, 86% were in the care of social services or foster care when they ran.
  • There is no official estimate of the total number of human trafficking victims in the U.S. Polaris estimates that the total number of victims nationally reaches into the hundreds of thousands when estimates of both adults and minors and sex trafficking and labor trafficking are aggregated.

Statistics from the National Human Trafficking Hotline and Polaris BeFree Textline



The Beginning

For those who don't know me I'm Hannah Rose. When I first moved to Los Angeles from Denver almost 3 years ago I didn't really know why I was moving or for what, all I knew was I wanted change in my life. I've always been into the arts doing musicals, plays, dancing, etc... But when I moved I didn't know anyone and wanted to meet like minded people while creating art. So I decided to take my hobby of photography and become serious about it. I started to meet so many great people and created fun art. But slowly the fire for photography and art started to go out. I felt like I was in a funk and I didn't know how to get out of this creative rut.

I started to question why I was doing the art I was doing and honestly I didn't have a good answer. So I started to look at the films, music, photography, and art that I love, to see what I love about them. I began to realize the art I admire is the art that breaks social stigmas, portrays real people, and explores the human experience. (all things I felt like my art was lacking)

 During this whole creative rut I felt like the world was going to sh*t and I strongly believe "If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor." That is a Desmond Tutu quote, if I'm being honest I don't know much about him I just remember hearing that quote as a kid. 

So I started to think 'how do I make art I believe in while also taking a stand against the injustice around me?' Thus my idea for this publication. My goal for this publication is to start creating the artistic work I want, give great artists a platform to be seen and compensated for their work, and give back to causes I believe are doing great work. 

If you've read this far, thank you! I rarely read blogs so to expect anyone to read my own is ludicrous. haha Also I am aware of my poor grammar skills so no need to let me know. haha

- Hannah Rose