‘Donate A Bra’ drive helps raise awareness of human sex trafficking
March 1 – May 31 bra drive
February 26, 2013
‘Free the Girls’ is a non-profit organization that provides job opportunities to women rescued from sex trafficking. The purpose of the ‘Donate A Bra’ drive is help raise awareness of human trafficking and help those women get a second chance with your second-hand bra.
According to the organization, "Currently, 27 million men, women and children are being held as slaves around the world-more than in any other time in history. 80% of those slaves are women and girls. There are a number of amazing organizations that are helping to rescue these women out of a life of prostitution, but what happens when they are rescued?
Their solution is to provide an opportunity for women who have been rescued from sex trafficking to earn a living selling second-hand clothing while they go back to school. "Many of the women we work with ere sold into prostitution as children, only 8-10 years old. Because their lives were stolen from them, they missed out on going to school and getting an education. Selling clothes allows them to work as much or as little as their school schedule permits.
Why bras? "Let’s face it, ladies: the back of your underwear drawer is most likely a graveyard of bras you don’t wear anymore or that never fit right in the first place. By contrast, second-hand clothing is a profitable market in many countries around the world. Bras are sought after items. Some of the girls in our program are making 5x the minimum age in their community by selling bras! 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."
The local drive, "Sublette County is … Bustin’ into Spring!!!" is looking for your bra that is pinching, too tight, too loose, etc. They want clean, mildly used bras of all sorts (daily, sports, nursing, etc.). If you choose to buy a bra to donate, please leave the tags on it. Bras can be dropped off at Knot Just Hair (21 N Franklin in Pinedale), Daniel Junction, Office Outlet in Pinedale and Big Piney, and ALCO.
A Bustin’ Out Revel Dinner will be held at a future time, date to be announced. Watch for updates and news on the Facebook page at Sublette CountyBustinIntoSpring or go to Freethegirls.org.
For more information about the local drive, contact Kelly Mitchell 307-231-1970, Canady Pierson 307-367-6701, or Cindy Mitchell 307-367-8644.
Click on this link for a printable flyer and information sheet about this drive. (PDF)