Saturday, December 10, 2011

become a part of her freedom story

a few months ago, my eyes were opened to an awful injustice happening to women in Calcutta, India. that may seem like a far away place, but it is really burdening my heart to think these women are just like you and me, and they are daily victims of human sex trafficking.

i didn't know much about human trafficking or what was being done about it, until i met Kristi a few months ago. my friend Kristi is an advocate for Freeset, an organization that is doing something. 

Freeset rescues women of Calcutta from trafficking, teaches them to sew, gives them a job, medical insurance, and a chance at a new life. Freeset also teaches the women to read, to write, and offers child care for their children while they work. the organization truly frees these women from the devastating life they were subject to before. you can read statistics and more about the human trafficking issue on the Freeset website.

Bijoya, a woman in Calcutta, was a victim of human trafficking until she was rescued by Freeset and given a job. now, she talks about her life of happiness, respect, and safety. life qualities we maybe take for granted?

"Women who previously had no respect in our society can build a social identity after working at Freeset... Many people in the community say that Freeset has provided an opportunity for the women to live a life with their own identity and self respect," Bijoya said.

"Freeset is a place to me where I get happiness, peace and love. We share everything with each other here. If I wasn’t working here, I would never have had the opportunities that I get here. I don’t think anywhere else I would have gotten it. Lastly, I will say the safe work environment I get here, I wouldn’t have gotten in any other place where I would fit in for a job."

Bijoya is free and makes a living sewing these beautiful jute tote bags.
Bijoya is living a freed life thanks to Freeset. however, there are thousands of other women in Calcutta that are still exploited in this awful form of modern day slavery. i have been praying for the women who have not yet escaped human sex trafficking. please join me in prayer?

Calcutta is a far away place, but we can do something about it right here, right now.

buy one of Bijoya's tote bags, or one designed by another freed woman, and help put an end to human trafficking in Calcutta. believe me when i tell you that your $15 can make a great impact.

join me in Freeset's Freedom Tour of 12 Days of Freedom with Freeset and become a part of the freedom story. watch the video, shop the bags, and change lives.

God is our refuge and strength, 
 an ever-present help in trouble.
Psalm 46:1