I get to be free. My kids are free. Ben, myself and our kids are not in slavery, sold to nasty men, forced to have sex with strangers and loose complete sight of our identities. Because of that we are fortunate. There is not much more in this life that angers me more than sex trafficking and slavery in general. Please hear me in this…. this horrific crime is happening right here in our backyards, right before our very eyes. But as we know, not just here but all over the world. I have had to opportunity in the past to work with organizations like Made for them and Courage House that aid in rescue, recovery and building lives of those victimized by the sex trafficking industry. It is SICK, gross and makes me crazy. It ruins people. It is a nightmare. I get overwhelmed when I think about this for 2 minutes, but luckily it is not the end.
Inspite of all the madness happening out there, there are organizations like Sudara that are brave enough to get their hands dirty, not only rescue women and children but provide a livelihood for them as well. This is how Sudara began….
“In 2005, Sudara* founder Shannon Keith took a trip to India that opened her eyes to a tragedy occurring daily to women and girls throughout the country. She could hardly believe what she witnessed in India’s Red Light Districts—modern day slavery. Shannon listened to story after story of young girls being sold into the sex trade by their families, orphans picked up off the street by pimps, and even young mothers just trying to get enough money to feed their children. Many were held against their will. Others were trapped by economic poverty. Worst of all were the stories of those who managed to escape the brothels only to return due to social stigma and having no other means to survive.
In 2006, Sudara hired the first 6 employees in their first-ever sewing center partnership and began teaching each woman the skills needed to become seamstresses and our first pair of PUNJAMMIES® loungewear was produced. Stitch by stitch, the women gained confidence not only in their newfound trade, but also in their newfound hope and freedom. Since that time, our relationships have grown into multiple sewing center partnerships and hundreds of women gaining a new community and safe place to work and heal.”
Talk about goals?! I think it’s one thing to see a problem, and another to do something about. Shannon Keith saw the problem, gathered like-minded individuals and did something about it. Most times we can’t do things like this alone, without support and people that see what you see. There’s nothing like it. Support, fire, passion, ACTION.
All of our tees are from the Sudara clothing line Every purchase allows women in India to live in freedom from sex slavery through living wage work and skills training. It is a dream for Ben and I to travel as a family all over the world. If we get to India, Sudara will be our first stop. Get your tee and change a life here.
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