June 6th, 2011
08:00 AM ET

One dress raising awareness of slavery

Last year, Amy Seiffert learned that her hometown of Toledo, Ohio, ranked 4th in the United States in the number of arrests, investigations and rescues of underage victims of sex trafficking. So Seiffert decided to do something about it.

She pledged to wear the same dress for six months and donate the money she would have otherwise spent on clothes, and raise money and awareness for The Daughter Project, a local organization building a shelter for girls rescued from sex trafficking.

She blogged about it, she spoke out about it, and before long, others were inspired to follow in her footsteps.

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  1. Ndjamba Petrus

    I want to be part of this project of slave traffiking but i have no idea how i should go about please help.

    June 6, 2011 at 8:57 am | Reply
    • Grace Borell

      Do what we did. Wear the same dress. It seems simple but really raises awareness and money. The girls in college gave the money we raised to the daughter project. You can do the same. If you want more information on the daughter project visit http://www.thedaughterproject.org/

      June 6, 2011 at 10:26 am | Reply
      • Nicole

        It is wonderful that you have decided to do something so wonderful for the children suffering such a life. Kudos to you!

        June 10, 2011 at 6:34 pm |
      • BinkoBetty

        Bingo! Check out http://www.overused.org
        or http://www.finalstory.com

        June 11, 2011 at 11:05 pm |
    • jim moline

      They have a web site called The Daughter Project and you can get more information

      June 6, 2011 at 9:13 pm | Reply
    • MannyHM

      Group with other folks. Take video of street hookers and with law enforcement, make citizen arrest on them. Of course, know the law. These hookers and their pimps will go to other areas. Those areas they will move to should do the same things and they be run out of business ! With a camera, get pictures of 'Johns' also and publish them on FaceBook !
      Do what Chris Hansen on Dateline NBC To Catch a Predator do ! Hey you might catch a serial killer !

      June 11, 2011 at 7:30 am | Reply
      • Ramrod

        Leave the girls alone. The girls provide a service even Tiger Woods liked and he was married. Go after the pimps and the Johns.

        June 12, 2011 at 12:08 am |
      • Grace

        Got to agree with Ramrod on this one, why persecute the women? They are the ones that we are suppose to be trying to help. And persecuting them isn't going to do any good.
        You need to go after the pimps and handlers they are the ones most of the time that are keeping these women locked in this vicious cycle.
        Good idea go after the victims, how lame is that?

        June 12, 2011 at 1:57 am |
      • john

        that can be dangerous. most likely their guys will be watching.

        June 12, 2011 at 2:46 am |
      • DP

        @Ramrod The girls aren't providing anything if they're slaves, it's being stolen from them. The Johns are raping them if they have no choice.

        June 12, 2011 at 9:17 am |
    • American Rebel

      Easy. Find a small child anywhere from 5-10 yrs old, kidnap her and sell her to a middle aged man or woman. Preferably one in the political field but clergymen will work just as well.

      June 11, 2011 at 8:49 pm | Reply
      • yeah, gotcha!

        yeah, I was reading her post as "how can I become a slave trafficker, too?" also. Nice catch.

        June 11, 2011 at 9:05 pm |
    • faulkner

      toledo, ohio is fourth in sex trafficking? seriously ... toledo ... toledo ... is number four ... really? does this make any sense at all to anyone?

      June 11, 2011 at 9:06 pm | Reply
      • j120

        i heard someone speak on the sex trafficking in the toledo area at my church, they were saying it does make sense if you look at the location with all of the highways/interstate that intersect here

        June 11, 2011 at 10:10 pm |
    • ZOrtHH

      1 dress
      6 months
      0 showers or friends.

      June 11, 2011 at 11:04 pm | Reply
      • Joplin

        They didn't say they did not wash them. Before this was a throw away society..people had work cloths, play cloths, sunday church cloths or your good cloths, you wash or rinsed out your cloths (gentle or personal) that evening for use the next day because you had but one or two. Friends that would abandon you while working on such a humane cause, I'd say see ya later....I can do better, elsewhere!

        June 12, 2011 at 9:58 am |
      • clothEs

        it's CLOTHES

        June 12, 2011 at 12:19 pm |
    • bob

      should have hooked would have got more

      June 11, 2011 at 11:32 pm | Reply
    • Lynn Walker

      Contact this organization - Not for Sale - here:

      http://www.notforsalecampaign.org/

      Kudos to you for helping!

      June 11, 2011 at 11:53 pm | Reply
    • oyvey

      if your a sexy blond it would help also.

      June 12, 2011 at 11:43 am | Reply
    • oyvey

      make sure you are blonde.

      June 12, 2011 at 11:44 am | Reply
  2. Emmeline

    This is such a good idea! visual so people notice and get talking about it!

    Maybe we should do this at Asha India

    http://hopeashaindia.wordpress.com/

    June 6, 2011 at 7:22 pm | Reply
  3. pamela j. planker

    My home-state of Ohio has long been known for its female sex slaves transported in 'herds' in trucks through the U.S. Interstate system I-71/70 and I-77/70 splits. Thank heaven our Ohio State Patrol officers are supportively vigilant in their actions to stop and apprehend heinous perpetrators.

    June 6, 2011 at 11:58 pm | Reply
    • Replyer

      Uh-huh. Arizona already tried that, remember? The state patrol becomes more vigilante and the ACLU pops out of the woodwork, rousing the rable and squealing about racism and profiling.

      June 12, 2011 at 11:24 am | Reply
    • Replyer

      But – great working Amy, taking a stand and raising awareness.

      June 12, 2011 at 11:26 am | Reply
  4. Kenny

    Wat I have to say is to go online andgo for search den u fill a form. Bg

    June 7, 2011 at 3:23 am | Reply
  5. iamthefredman

    This idea is very weird. Just the thought that you need to buy new dresses so often points to a very bizarre attachment to consumerism at its worst. Is she saying she needs to replace her dresses in less than six months? They can't even go out of fashion that fast. A good quality piece of clothing should last for years if properly cared for. What the heck is this woman and her followers doing to their clothes ?? How much are you spending on clithes that NOT buying a new dress would amke any significant impact on charitable donations? This is why people are going bankrupt and in foreclosure. They CANNOT stop buying and spending. This is a mental disorder. She needs to get help. Please enlighten me. I don't get it.

    June 7, 2011 at 12:38 pm | Reply
    • lalchi

      I think the point behind it is two-fold. (1) To raise awareness. Obviously those people who see her multiple times over the course of the 6-months will notice that she is wearing the same outfit. That sparks a conversation where she can tell them about the project. The idea is that they will, in turn, tell some of their friends/family/coworkers about the charity and hopefully some of them will donate. Which brings me to the second point. (2) To raise money. I don't think this woman is saying that she goes out and buys a new outfit everyday. But, over the course of 6 months, the average person will spend SOME money on clothes – whether it is for a special occasion or to replace worn-out clothes. It is relatively easy to figure out how much you spent in a prior 6-month period on clothes, and then just donate that same amount to the charity.

      June 7, 2011 at 1:22 pm | Reply
      • Emmy G

        I can see how this would raise awareness, and focus the person on the issue. In terms of saving money, unless the person usually constantly buys clothes, I'm not sure how it would do that. As others point out, the dress will ultimately need to be replaced. In the meantime, the dress will have to be washed every couple of days, which uses fuel and water. Of course, that expense might be justified by the increased awareness.

        June 11, 2011 at 8:23 pm |
    • Jackie

      At least she is trying to do something good to help some kids in awful situations. I applude her.

      At least she's not acting like a Whining Wiener Weiner.

      June 12, 2011 at 12:06 am | Reply
  6. Shannlee

    @iamthefredman. If you wear the same dress every single day for 6 months, yes, it will need to be replaced. She's not just refraining from purchasing new clothing for six months, she is wearing the same thing. Of course if you had actually taken the time to read the article and let it sink in you would know that. I'm sure that you only have 3 outfits(a formal, "grungy" for yardwork, housework, etc, and a work outfit) and only eat 1200-1500 calories a day, do not drive a vehicle, turn off every light, take 5 minute showers, etc, THEN you can say how others spend their money. I do not know a single perfect person in the world that does every one of those things. Everyone spends. If no one spent, the economy would be worse off than it already is, as nobody would have jobs in retail, and manufacturing. Obviously you don't get it, cause you didn't read the article completely.

    June 7, 2011 at 4:17 pm | Reply
    • JW

      Hmmm, I think a birthday suit would work better for this purpose.

      June 11, 2011 at 6:53 pm | Reply
    • Tristis

      You can slam @iamthefredman all you like, but I was confused, too (and I DID read this very brief article). Perhaps this is a matter of where a person lives. I could show up in the same outfit for a considerable while before anybody would see it as odd enough to comment on. I imagine that if I lived in the world of "Sex & the City" there might be some comments from my friends at tea, but not here in small town Canada. Wearing a button would bring faster attention.
      Also, nothing I spend on clothes in any six month period would be worth a CNN article. I do shop, just not so very much, and not for clothes, shoes, handbags or whatnot.
      That said, I support any plan to change this dreadful situation. If it works in your circles, do it. If you live a different lifestyle, you should try something else.

      June 12, 2011 at 11:59 am | Reply
  7. Kristy

    I am a senior in college in Columbus, Ohio and a group of about 12 girls just finished wearing the same dress for 10 weeks. It was amazing! Students were able to see us in our classes, in our dorms, all over campus. And it was very effective. We were able to share about the campaign to raise awareness and even some men got involved by wearing the same shirt or colors every week. We worked with an organization called DOMA (which means 'home'). It is a safe house in Columbus for victims of trafficking. We also had a huge event at the end of the quarter called "Sex Speaks." Hundreds of people attended. A judge who handles cases in sex trafficking to help free women spoke as well as a woman who shared her testimony of what it was like when she was involved in trafficking. People left changed. The campaign was extremely eye-opening and something we will never forget. We were inspired by Amy because she decided to take a stand against human sex trafficking in such a unique way. We not only raised money but raised awareness that trafficking occurs right here in Columbus and it's an issue we need to address.

    June 7, 2011 at 7:22 pm | Reply
    • SurRy

      How beautiful!

      June 8, 2011 at 12:18 am | Reply
    • Barbie

      Good job Kristy...it's touching when you see a lot of people want to get involved and help each other. kudos to you and your group. I am from the Philippines and god knows how long our country has been used for sex trafficiking. I will contemplate on this and find my set of group to support this. You are truly inspiring, and AMY keep it up!

      June 11, 2011 at 9:01 pm | Reply
    • Jackie

      Congratulations to you and all the other participants! You've educated folks, changed lives, learned alot about your own attitude towards clothes & over-indulgence, and most importantly, helps some kids in horrible circumstances.

      Good on ya, mate!

      June 12, 2011 at 12:11 am | Reply
      • Ramon

        Hey, thanks for the video. Really was woednring about the Glycerine stuff, as you said, waiting for the shipment is not fun So itb4s basically possible to smoke pure ?Greetings from Germany

        September 11, 2012 at 4:13 pm |
  8. Kris

    I am so touched by this project. it is totally unfair and unkind to humanity. i've got a question, does this project move beyond your continent? I am an African and a Nigerian at that. there are victims of slavery and trafficking here too.....

    June 8, 2011 at 11:37 am | Reply
    • Saea

      Hey Kris, My roommates at college and I did this for two months and during the second month we invited even more people we know to join us. My roommate had studied abroad in Morocco and one of her friends there was doing it with us! So yes! You can do this anywhere you are! :)

      June 9, 2011 at 5:21 pm | Reply
  9. snaa

    hey.. i am a Pakistani.. i just did my sociology project on this topic.. we realy need to aware people about it..

    June 9, 2011 at 9:21 am | Reply
  10. Jason

    Really CNN?? So this one woman brought "attention" to slavery in America and Ohio huh?? Sounds like this is just another marketing gimmick with all your ads planted everywhere. But again, this is coming from the network that hired Spitzer!!!

    LOL

    June 9, 2011 at 12:22 pm | Reply
  11. TIGRU.NET

    She is very beautiful

    June 9, 2011 at 2:10 pm | Reply
  12. Steve

    What am I missing here? I like the concept of helping others, but "save the money she would have spent on clothes" in 6 months? I'm wearing the same stuff from 5 years ago. How much does a woman spend on clothes in 6 months? I think the amount donated was $0.00 and she probably got a lot of dollar donations.

    June 11, 2011 at 7:36 pm | Reply
    • Gabe

      Likewise, also, I think this may be mostly raising awareness through smell instead if vision.

      June 11, 2011 at 8:12 pm | Reply
      • alma1986

        I think she would wash the dress regularly.

        http://www.ashaindiablog.com

        June 11, 2011 at 8:16 pm |
    • Barbie

      Really Steve, you don't know this?? Women are addicted to shopping like, since forever. LOL

      June 11, 2011 at 9:06 pm | Reply
    • debbie

      Honestly, there are so many anal people here! Apparently she spends some money or she would not have bothered using this as a means to gather money to donate. Just because you wear things until they fall off your body does not mean everyone does. I am by no means considered a 'clothes horse', nor do I buy designer anything, but I do spend several hundred dollars in any 6 month period on a new shirt or pair of pants here or there. It's a great idea so why can't we just applaud her idea and expand on it instead of ridiculing it?

      June 12, 2011 at 6:08 am | Reply
      • Mahatma Ghandi

        ..."but I do spend several hundred dollars in any 6 month period on a new shirt or pair of pants here or there".

        ARE YOU SERIOUS??? Several HUNDRED?? Unless you are a Fortune 500 CEO or a Hollywood A-Lister, you are WAYYYYY to materialistic. THAT is one contributing reason why this country is in the toilet, financially. The cause is just, but the support of all the materialistic ladies just highlights the SECOND principle at work here...the one of "HOW AMERICA ABANDONED FUNDAMENTAL LAWS OF FINALCIAL LOGIC."

        I am STILL shaking my head here...

        June 12, 2011 at 8:12 am |
      • Mahatma Ghandi

        That would be "FINANCIAL LOGIC"

        June 12, 2011 at 8:14 am |
  13. Scott

    WoW......Think what we could accomplish if we never stop being a child. Thank You Amy!

    June 11, 2011 at 7:49 pm | Reply
  14. cd

    Nice idea from a hard working area in America where a new dress is something to look forward and doesn't happen ever weeken. Keep up the "great work girl"!

    June 11, 2011 at 8:10 pm | Reply
    • Nilesh

      katw0man Posted on my first rebatch lokoed just like that only i used some milk and it turned green.a luminous, unearthly, sick color of green.i think the fragrance used was oatmeal, milk and honey.why, how lovely that was!it is sitting, to this day, in the closet.since i can throw nothing away, itstill sits there unused, unloved, andunappreciated!finally, i am slowly getting up the nerveto try again .only leaving out the milk of course!

      September 14, 2012 at 2:07 am | Reply
  15. Thomas

    Big deal. I have been wearing the same clothes for years.

    June 11, 2011 at 8:39 pm | Reply
  16. Don

    When losers stop buying hookers this shit will go away.

    June 11, 2011 at 8:45 pm | Reply
  17. OldGoat

    Wore the same dress for six months? Must've smelled pretty rank by the time the six months were up.

    June 11, 2011 at 9:12 pm | Reply
    • Dolores

      Since we readily have such things as washers, driers, and soap, I'm sure she smelled just fine. Most families have enough laundry to wash a daily load.

      June 11, 2011 at 10:04 pm | Reply
  18. Don Juan Demarko

    Slave trading is some awful stuff. Yes, I saw the movie "Taken". But like illicit drugs, it is almost impossible to stamp out as long as there is a demand for it. And unfortunately there are certain scum out there who demand it.

    With that being said, not too clear on how wearing the same dress for a while helps the issue. Does she also not shower or use deoderant? Is the idea to stink as much as possible to raise awareness? Admittedly I did not read the article. I am a busy person.

    June 11, 2011 at 9:58 pm | Reply
    • ?

      the article literally takes 45 seconds to read. it may be the shortest article ever published. it actually takes longer to log-in to write a comment than to read this article.

      June 12, 2011 at 1:16 am | Reply
  19. willie

    It's very sad that it takes something as awful as human sex trafficking and slavery to get women to realize what men have been complaining about since the beginning of time. They waste so much money on vanity it leaves little time for a man to do anything but work to support her bad habit. While you're at it how about one pair of shoes and give the money back to your husband so he can enjoy life too!

    June 11, 2011 at 10:01 pm | Reply
  20. wallybob

    a large hat shaped like a block of cheese would be just as effective as a conversation-starter and have a smaller carbon footprint, assuming the dress was washed frequently with the usual soap, electricity use and gallons of water.
    isn't it more efficient to wash a whole load at once?

    June 11, 2011 at 10:03 pm | Reply
  21. walter kawalski

    Give me a break. Wearing 1 dress for 6 months might make you feel good, but that would be proof that you are a delusional, self serving moron. What a piece of fetid trash passing itself off as "news".

    June 11, 2011 at 10:13 pm | Reply
    • poppy

      Just because you lack the imagination to see the value of this act doesn't mean that it's a delusional act or that it's not effective.

      June 12, 2011 at 10:57 am | Reply
  22. Hope

    Creative idea to raise the awareness, but human trafficking or sex slave could not be completely eliminated, it is just not possible, as long as poverty exist, there will be human/sex trafficking to the 1st world countries from 3rd world countries.
    But we as ordinary citizen should do whatever we can to help.

    June 11, 2011 at 10:31 pm | Reply
  23. Lydia Morselley

    I dont get it? Can't you just wear other clothes in your closet and stop spending so darn much on clothing? Seriously? I'm a professional woman, I earn in the top 5% of income, and even I only buy clothes a few times a year, ones that last for years.

    Sex trafficking is a serious issue and its fantastic someone are stepping up to deal with it. But please people, another serious problem in this country is insane consumerism.

    June 11, 2011 at 10:35 pm | Reply
    • Mahatma Ghandi

      THANK YOU for stating what should be OBVIOUS. Clearly what has allowed you to achieve personal financial success is a SOLID thought process.

      June 12, 2011 at 8:20 am | Reply
  24. will

    Is sex trafficking really a problem in America? I've never seen a sex slave. Where can they be found?

    June 11, 2011 at 10:47 pm | Reply
    • FirstResponder

      No, the article was just a made up story to see if you were paying attention. Good catch. Duh.

      June 11, 2011 at 11:04 pm | Reply
  25. Phil

    Gee, doesn't she still shower daily?

    June 11, 2011 at 11:06 pm | Reply
  26. Tom

    Now I can see why so many well-to-do people become liberals....they have to give up shopping for dresses to help the sex slaves to feel good about themselves. What do we poor Republicans do to help? At least me in particular...I live paycheck to paycheck and I never see any of the money from the rich liberals trickle down to low life workers like me.

    June 11, 2011 at 11:21 pm | Reply
    • Kanus Maximus

      moron

      June 11, 2011 at 11:37 pm | Reply
  27. Be for Real

    Well here goes another way to get in the news. Enjoy you and your family's 10 seconds of spotlight. I really hope you make sure all the money you get from this actually goes to the Charity to really help these women, otherwise shame on you for using public simpathy for personal gain.

    June 11, 2011 at 11:27 pm | Reply
  28. Azalea

    I'm tired of people complaining she is not raising any money and her cause is vain. Instead of typing these comments, why don't you come up with a better plan and ACT ON IT? Whether you see eye to eye with her idea, at least, she is taking a step forward to try to raise awareness and help in her way.

    June 11, 2011 at 11:28 pm | Reply
    • Tina

      I don't know if this is the place I go to ask a question. Here goes. I dodeolawnd the 3D Rose and petals yesterday. they show up as dodeolawnd but I don't know how to open them up into my embroiderys. I have a brand new machine, other one died and I have lost all my designs and now I'm so confused as to what to do next. Please someone tell me how to get these designs to open, I really want to make them. Thank You Emilieann Lingle

      September 11, 2012 at 2:04 pm | Reply
  29. Grace

    This is a situation that is getting worse and worse.
    Recently during, before and after the Super Bowl agents at airports, bus terminals, cab driver's, train staff all underwent special training to help them spot suspicious activity that could be related to sex trafficking. Apparently around the time of the Super Bowl wherever it's held this heinous crime increases in that area.

    I would also like to direct everyone to a new designer by the name of Katie, her company Elegantees.com works towards the prevention and education about sex trafficking. Please visit her website, check out her designs they are beautiful and extremely decently priced. Profits go towards an organization that works directly with those who are victims of this crime. Please check it out, it's another way to help.

    June 11, 2011 at 11:30 pm | Reply
  30. Kanus Maximus

    Disappointed in the amount of cynical comments on here. Personally, I commend this woman for taking a stand, however small it is, against a very real, under exposed, and horrific problem.

    June 11, 2011 at 11:41 pm | Reply
    • Mateo Gutierrez

      The comments aren't cynical, they are honest: Who cares about someone learning about the sex trade, wearing a dress for six month (oh please how hard is that??!!) and acting like she's changed the world? What the hell did she really do? NOTHING. This is feel good news at it's worst.

      June 12, 2011 at 12:13 am | Reply
      • skytag

        Raising awareness about an issue like this is not nothing. Sure, wearing the same dress for six months isn't exactly a sacrifice, especially if you wear different stuff with it to add variety, but even this simple thing is more than most people are doing. She's raising awareness. There is no way to know what the total effect of that will be. Yes, some of the comments here are indeed cynical, including yours.

        June 12, 2011 at 2:02 am |
      • Tia

        She did more than you did. Takes a real loser to criticize someone who tries to draw attention to a serious issue rather tha going about their life only caring about themselves - you know, like you. Don't worry, she isn't trying to get rid of the hookers so you'll still be able to go under the bridge and find one willing to "service" you.

        June 12, 2011 at 6:26 am |
  31. Mateo Gutierrez

    #1: CNN where's the data on this? I don't believe it (namely the trafficking stats on Toledo Ohio in the US)
    #2: So what? So some privileged women in Ohio wore a dress for a few months and enlightened themselves – how many girls were saved? What were the results?

    June 12, 2011 at 12:11 am | Reply
    • Sissy

      If you really read and listened to the article, you would have known that she did this to RAISE AWARENESS. Simply put for you and you alone, she did not know sex trafficking was such a problem and when she realized it (her brain, unlike yours, actually can put 2 and 2 together) she did something to make others aware. When people are aware, they look out for suspicious occurrences and can report them to police. That was not so hard, was it?

      June 12, 2011 at 10:22 am | Reply
    • Christopher

      I started setmaeeting.com to help wtih this problem. I was very frustrated by people who wanted to wait until everyone gave thier availability before they responded with thier times to meet. This made scheduling a meeting in a reasonable time frame difficult. setmaeeting.com or SAM helps fix this problem by sending out automated reminders to the invitees until tehy respond. It also allows the invitees to see the available times for people who ahve already responded.

      September 11, 2012 at 6:32 pm | Reply
  32. Q1

    The problem I have of the US being labeled as the "largest" or major user of sex slaves is that supposedly our government is spending billions and listen to phone calls to Auntie Em and uses the Patriot Act to bypass our rights. If the government is so great at finding information, do you really think the US is a major player in the world slave trade? I don't.

    June 12, 2011 at 1:53 am | Reply
    • skytag

      "our government is spending billions and listen to phone calls to Auntie Em "

      This is simply not true. This notion that the government is listening to everyone or reading all our e-mail is just silly. They only actively use those powers when they have reason to believe someone is a person of interest. So unless your Auntie Em has done something to attract their attention no one is paying any attention to her.

      June 12, 2011 at 2:05 am | Reply
  33. skytag

    We need more people like Amy. Americans tend to be poorly informed about the issues facing us, but when Amy became aware of a problem, instead of making some cynical comments about it or just feeling bad about it for 15 minutes and moving on because it didn't affect her directly, she accepted an unpleasant reality, chose to learn more about it, and decided she would try to do something to help combat the problem.

    It would have been easy for her, and attractive woman with a good life to stay in her comfort zone and avoid the unpleasantness that invariably accompanies learning about something as ugly as this issue is. It's also cool that she was able to recognize the extent to she was lucky to have the advantages she had. Very cool.

    June 12, 2011 at 1:58 am | Reply
    • Q1

      Right...because only ugly people contribute back to society.

      June 12, 2011 at 2:00 am | Reply
      • skytag

        Thanks for the idiotic straw man comment. America needs more of those.

        June 12, 2011 at 2:08 am |
    • thies

      "...to learn more about it, and decided she would try to do something to Make Herself Feel Good." – fixed it for you.

      June 12, 2011 at 11:13 am | Reply
  34. Q1

    On the lighter side, how many clothes does one person really need? I buy clothes may be once a year...some new jeans, shirts, shoes. Great, her one dress campaign will raise for sex slaves for six months but when she returns to buying clothes, what, every day, she will be a part of the child slavery going on India to make her clothes.

    June 12, 2011 at 1:59 am | Reply
    • Youcef

      I get about 300 or so emails a day. I have a four-step precoss1) Set up a view that makes anything where I'm just on the CC list automatically italic, and anything where I am the only recipient automatically larger font.2) If I open an email, right then and there I either (a) respond, (b) delete, (c) flag or mark unread this way I never lose' emails3) About twice per day view Unread messages and precoss4) About thrice per day view Flagged messages and precossAbout once a month I sort through my inbox, getting from the 1000s of emails down to a couple of hundred.Best of luck!-Jeremy

      September 13, 2012 at 10:58 pm | Reply
  35. Jimbo Limbo

    If she has sex with me, I'll donate to the cause

    June 12, 2011 at 2:24 am | Reply
  36. brown

    Very nice but I'm not giving up my slaves!

    June 12, 2011 at 2:45 am | Reply
  37. debbie

    Honestly, there are so many anal people here! Apparently she spends some money or she would not have bothered using this as a means to gather money to donate. Just because you wear things until they fall off your body does not mean everyone does. I am by no means considered a 'clothes horse', nor do I buy designer anything, but I do spend several hundred dollars in any 6 month period on a new shirt or pair of pants here or there. It's a great idea so why can't we just applaud her idea and expand on it instead of ridiculing it?

    June 12, 2011 at 6:08 am | Reply
  38. Grace

    There is a lot of cynicism on here. A woman saw an issue that needed awareness, thought of a way to do it, albeit a bit different than other awareness campaigns, but at least she did something about something. All of you on here bashing her and others who have done something, have any of you done anything?
    True, it may have lasted only 6mos and maybe she went back to her life as before, but she rose awareness and someone that learned from her will keep the cycle going, maybe in the same way, maybe in a different way, it's called the ripple effect.

    Now about you men on here complaining in generalities about how much money women spend on clothing, or as one poster stated being 'vain', and complaining about her and other women consumerism, tell me, how many of you have a TV that is flat screen? How about over say 26 ins? And how many channels do you get with that fancy remote you won't give up? And what about the tools in your garage? Or for others the toys in their office? How many of you play games and watch movies on that really awesome phone?

    What I'm trying to point out is that men and women spend money on different things. Most Americans are caught up in consumerism, which is a catch 22, if we don't spend the economy suffers, but if we spend too much then the economy suffers.
    So leave the woman alone at least she did something other than complain. And no one has the right to tell someone else how to spend their hard earned money.

    Remember: If you're not a part of the solution, you're part of the problem. And any small amount can make a difference. And all of us no matter what our situation we can help others. This msg thread is so full of negativity all over a person trying to bring awareness to an ugly, heinous, crime that happens all too often right here in the US, and maybe that's why there's so much anger on here, the truth and ugly truth has hit all of you square in the face and you can't handle it, so you deflect. Well shame on those of you who have put this woman down. Do some research and open your eyes about this issue. Someone stated to get started find a child between the ages of 5 and 10, think again, it's toddlers and infants also. And rich American men go on vacations, that are specifically geared for going to foreign countries, usually those in the Asian areas, for the sole purpose of having sex with children. This is a very sick and secret society that exists and they abuse these children in countries where they know that the chance of getting caught is almost non-existent.

    June 12, 2011 at 8:41 am | Reply
    • Sissy

      Absolutely agree. It is MEN that buy and use these children and women.

      June 12, 2011 at 10:17 am | Reply
      • thies

        citation needed. and counter example: http://www.ajc.com/news/woman-convicted-of-forcing-974199.html

        June 12, 2011 at 11:10 am |
    • Lindsay

      I have never felt the desire to add to the comments section of any article, but after reading your excellent rebuttle to all of the negativity that so many people feel the need to express I just wanted to say bravo.

      June 12, 2011 at 12:22 pm | Reply
  39. Sissy

    Men are so disgusting. Yet they are allowed to basically run the world. No wonder we are in such trouble.

    June 12, 2011 at 10:16 am | Reply
  40. Kathi

    The comments made here show me that a good number of Americans don't care about anyone but themselves. She is trying to do something for others and this is what she came up with. At least, she is doing something and not just sitting on her asses.

    June 12, 2011 at 10:20 am | Reply
    • Evan

      totally agree with you Kathi

      July 16, 2011 at 9:05 pm | Reply
  41. walter kawalski

    HAHAHA. Really brightens my day to get these good old rolling on the floor laughing out loud moments when I read how this is "doing something for others". I'm going to tie a yellow ribbon on to my mailbox, and if anybody asks what it's for, I can tell them "it's to help abused children". I will be so blessed for my effort and will just be able to feel swell for the important change I have brought to the world.

    June 12, 2011 at 11:07 am | Reply
  42. thies

    If I were to save the money I spend on clothes in 6 months a family could at best get value meals at McD's...

    June 12, 2011 at 11:08 am | Reply
  43. thies

    and after looking at the linked blog – I see more weird quotes concerning the Cult of the Dead Jew (aka 'Christianity') on there than original content pertaining to human trafficking. Odd.

    June 12, 2011 at 11:17 am | Reply
  44. Josh

    The only downside is how much water they wasted on washing this dress every day. Talk about wasteful. Many children don't have clean water in the world, but good to know she's helping out.

    June 12, 2011 at 11:33 am | Reply
  45. oyvey

    If you really want to end slavery then give up your social security number. then you will own your own labor and not have to be serf giving percentage of your income.

    June 12, 2011 at 11:47 am | Reply
  46. Eric of Reseda

    Amazing woman.

    June 12, 2011 at 11:51 am | Reply
  47. James

    The opening of this article made me laugh.....when she found out here area was 4th in actual investigations, rescues. and arrests she decided to do something about it.......makes it sound like she wanted to stop the investigation, rescues and arrest, lol.

    June 12, 2011 at 12:01 pm | Reply
  48. walter kawalski

    So, if I wear the same blue jeans for 6 months, does that make me a better person?
    Who would care?
    Will CNN stop by to interview me?

    June 12, 2011 at 2:23 pm | Reply
  49. IllulpBlula

    Esto — es sano!

    June 26, 2011 at 10:37 am | Reply
  50. Evan

    it's not that she spent tons of $$ on clothes every month or dry cleaning. it's more about that she / we have the FREEDOM to do so! if you have not procured the services of these unfortunate souls nor been one then you should not mock what others are trying to do to bring awareness to such a horrible act. think about it, could be your sister, girlfriend, or someone you know!

    July 16, 2011 at 9:02 pm | Reply
  51. doug

    if in fact cnn was really interested in stopping the slavery going on in the world they would strip their clothes off on their next update and show their viewers that they are supporing slavery and empressment of the young by purchasing the clothing that they are wearing. There is slavery and impressment going on in this country and it can be stopped but the politicians in this country are worried about getting reelected not living by american standards. We need to force american companies to bring manufacturing back into this country. Raise importing taxes on products being brought into this country by foreign manufacturers and american companies who outsource their manufacturing to countries that use slave labor and child labor. So cnn stop spinning stories that can be fixed simply by you requiring your employees to wear clothing and use products that are manufactured in the united states. The usa is not perfect but their is a chance of stopping slavery and child abuse in this country, all we have to do is force our elected officials to their jobs and stop worring about their reelections.

    October 13, 2011 at 12:33 pm | Reply
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    The shot when you're walking down the street is in Sylvania, not Toledo. Also, Toledo is one of Ohio's largest cities, I know that doesn't mean much in the scope of cities like New York or LA, but we're bigger than Detroit now a days. Not exactly "small-town America". We have a major University, that had one of the first distance learning programs in the country; We're the Home of Jeep, Owens Corning and Libby glass; We also have the most famous Minor League Baseball team, The Mudhens. Don't write us off as "small town" just b/c we're not as big as NY, or b/c we're in "fly-over space"!

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  60. Angela

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