It’s pretty simple. The goal is to break the cycle of generational poverty and sexual exploitation for women in West Bengal, India by creating jobs in their neighborhoods and selling the products they make in ours.
SEX TRAFFICKING IN INDIA
Due to extreme poverty, trafficking occurs on a daily basis, supporting a large and well organized illegal economy. In addition, natural disasters in Bangladesh and Nepal leave millions homeless and impoverished, creating a staggering number of easy targets for human traffickers.
- 78% of trafficked victims in Kolkata are from West Bengal
- 90% of Indian sex workers’ daughters will fall into the profession
- In India, an estimated one million children are in prostitution
- The median age of entry into prostitution is 11, with girls 10-12 in highest demand
Freeset offers these women a chance to break the cycle. At the center of our philosophy is a commitment to the women who choose to leave the trade and work for us instead. We provide employment, along with training and a community of support, to ensure that their brave decision to leave the trade is sustainable.