Support Free the Girls with Bra Donations Sept. 26-30

Sep. 26, 2016

Free the Girls 
Free the Girls brings attention to the issue of modern day slavery and provides
job opportunities for survivors of sex trafficking in developing countries.

Gently used bras are being collected for the non-profit organization Free The Girls. Donations may be placed in a container outside of Sverdrup room 222, from Sept. 26-30. Contact associate professor Victoria 'Tori' Meyer (victoriameyer78@webster.edu, 314-246-7637) with any questions or to make a cash donation to assist with shipping costs.

About Free The Girls

Free The Girls is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that provides job opportunities for survivors of sex trafficking in developing countries. We collect gently used bras, which we provide to the women in our program so they can start a small business selling bras.

What's the Problem?

Currently 20-37 million men, women and children are being held as slaves around the world—more today than in any other time in history. The majority of those slaves are women and girls—many of whom are victims of sex trafficking. There are a number of amazing organizations that are helping to rescue these women out of a life of prostitution, but what happens after they are rescued? Many aftercare providers are doing great work in providing comprehensive restoration and educational opportunities to survivors, but often their resources are limited.

Our Solution

By partnering with established aftercare facilities, we provide an opportunity for sex trafficking survivors to build their own business selling second-hand clothing while going to school, building a house, and caring for their families. Selling clothes allows them to work as much or as little as their school schedule permits. The women in our program receive their starting inventory as a donation, and are then able to buy additional inventory from Free The Girls for below wholesale value to help maintain their competitive edge in the marketplace. Revenue from inventory sales covers our overseas program costs so our international programs are sustainable. We work one-on-one with each budding entrepreneur in areas like inventory management, budgeting, and financial planning for future dreams and goals they want to achieve. And even better, bras provide an opportunity for these women to work with other women, since they have a history of being abused and used by men.

To date we’ve collected over 500,000 new and gently used bras from women all over the world, and have served over 60 women in Mozambique, Uganda and El Salvador. We are currently exploring launching additional pilot programs in other parts of Africa and Central America.

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