Resource Highlight: Free the Girls

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Do you have a gently used bra or camisole that you do not or cannot wear? Consider donating! It’s a practical way to support women who have been exploited by sex trafficking and hope to rebuild their lives.

WHEN YOU DONATE A BRA, YOU GIVE A FORMER SLAVE A JOB. IT IS THAT SIMPLE.

We work alongside safe houses around the world that rescue women from sex trafficking and provide rehabilitation services. Your donation helps survivors of human trafficking make a living selling used clothing while they recover and build their new life.

We accept gently used bras of all sizes and styles, including sports bras, nursing bras, and camisoles.  We ask that you do not buy new bras to donate, and please consider a financial contribution instead if you don’t have used bras to donate at this time.

At this time, all bras need to be be mailed to our U.S. shipping address only (see below) or you can drop them off at one of our Bra Drop Off Locations

TOTAL BRAS COLLECTED TO DATE: OVER 130,000

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80% Women & Girls: Women and girls comprise at least 80% of the world’s trafficking victims, and up to 50% are minors.  They are exploited in fields and brothels, in homes and conflicts, and in factories and fisheries. More women are being pushed out of developing countries due to economic, familial, and societal pressures – becoming ever more vulnerable to modern slavery.

Women continue to be enslaved in commercial sex around the world. They are often arrested for participating in a crime that victimizes them when they should instead be provided with services and benefit from a well-trained police force implementing proven and compassionate victim identification measures.

Women continue to toil in sweatshop factories without food or break, sewing garments, peeling shrimp, and weaving carpets under threat of violence. Bonded by debt and force, they pick cotton, mine conflict minerals, and harvest rice alongside their children. They toil in diplomatic households and suburban residences as domestic workers often without anyone c1ecknowing they are there let alone being abused.

2 Million: According to UNICEF, as many as two million children are subjected to prostitution in the global commercial sex trade. Sex trafficking has devastating consequences for minors, including long-lasting physical and psychological trauma, disease (including HIV/AIDS), drug addiction, unwanted pregnancy, malnutrition, social ostracism, and possible death.

(Sources: Trafficking In Persons Report 2010, Kevin Bales, Disposable People,  U.S. State Dept)

 Read the story of how Free the Girls got started and where they are going. If you are interested in partnering with them, contact them to ask about assisting with their events in the U.S. or opportunities to help in Mozambique. You can also find great anti-trafficking organizations, resources and recommended reading.

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