WHO MADE YOURS? | Made By Free Women
Within Sanagachi, Kolkata, India, the largest red-light district in the world, there are over 10,000 sex workers in just a few square miles lined up in the streets, and held up in multi-story brothels. CAUSEGEAR is providing 5X jobs to these women who are victims of prostitution and sex slavery. For their own safety and privacy, they must remain anonymous, but know that every silhouette on a CAUSEGEAR shirt represents a life of freedom. Below are just a few of examples of FREE WOMEN whose lives are beginning to flourish.
Ayanna*: Raised within a culture of neglect, Ayanna doesn’t even know her own age. All of the money she made standing in the lines along the streets of Sanagachi was used to provide for her family, and rarely left enough for her to eat. Ultimately it was this unrelenting selflessness for her family that brought her to discover work as a crafter, and find freedom from life as a sex worker. She is now providing a life for her family that she never had the chance to have for herself.
Jyoti*: As someone who was rescued from a life in the lines, Jyoti now makes visits to the brothels as a free woman to tell the girls that there is another way, and to show them that a path to a greater life exists. Now as a successful crafter she professes that she feels like an entirely new person; healthy, at peace, and living with a husband and family who truly love her.
Bijoya*: Since she was a child, the life of a sex-worker loomed heavily over Bijoya’s life. With a mother who constantly had customers in the same room as her and her brother, she was unable to study, and was pursued by the same men that her mother brought into their home. As she grew older, Bijoya would leave the house when customers were there, and it was on one of these days that she happened to meet a man who offered her a job as a crafter. She is now married, in her own home, and makes enough money to help her mother break free of the life she has lived for so long.
Bavishni*: Bavishni lives in rural India and grew up facing a lifetime of captivity. From a young age, she understood that. When she was 15, her father abandoned her and her four sisters, seemingly destroying any chance they had to make a better life for themselves. Today, Bavishni is a young artisan providing more for her family than her father ever had, and the goods she creates in her remote Indian village are being sold around the world.
*All names have been changed to protect the crafter's identity.