Trades of Hope

70% of people living below the poverty line around the world are women. 40% of all women live on less than $2 per day. That’s less than my coffee run on Wednesdays. It’s because of these statistics that women find themselves trapped in a system of sex trafficking and sex slavery.  In some countries, being a prostitute is the only way to put food on the table or buy shoes for their kid.  For these women, there is no choice.  Their lives are stolen and they see no way out.  Many are victims of abduction and kidnapping.  Others enter willingly for a quick dollar and quickly become entrapped in a vicious and deadly cycle.  They are under the literal death grip of a pimp who can make $150,000 per victim annually, and pimps usually “manage” 4-5 victims at a time, and the victims get pennies, if any, money for their “work.” In the United States alone: Human trafficking, which is not only women, but also boys and children, generates over $9.5 billion annually. The average age of entry into prostitution is 13 years old. The average victim is forced to have sex, on average, 20-40 times per day. One in

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I am not a salesman. I’m really not.  I don’t like working in a numbers driven environment.  I don’t like for my paycheck to be based on how much I sell.  I don’t like to be that annoying girl yelling BUY STUFF FROM ME on your Facebook wall. I really am not a salesman. But there’s this company that has grabbed hold of me, and I can’t help but talk about it. You see, I had been praying for a way to be more missional in my daily life.  Find ways to change the world for Jesus.  Use my little influence to make waves in the people around me.  To help people, women specifically, find hope and encouragement in Christ. And behold, this company fell in my lap.  I had been watching Ben’s cousin, Lindsey, promote this company for around a year now.  I loved the Turtle Backpack she had given Brooke Allen, and people asked me about it all the time. So one day, I decided to ask Lindsey about it.  And I fell in love. What is Trades of Hope? Trades of Hope is company founded on fair trade principles to empower women around the world out of

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