Freeset Fair Trade is a non-profit working to relieve oppression, poverty, and ignorance in communities in West Bengal, India and beyond through employment and education. Their businesses include manufacturing handmade bags and T-shirts; weaving; and providing an incubator to facilitate the establishment of new businesses.
Many of the workers employed by Freeset in India are survivors of sex trafficking. Due to extreme poverty, trafficking occurs on a daily basis and supports a large and well-organized illegal economy. In addition, natural disasters in nearby Bangladesh and Nepal often leave millions homeless and impoverished, making it easier for them to be exploited by human traffickers.
Photos via: Freeset