In Sonagacchi, the largest, most infamous sex district in Kolkata, India over 10,000 women are forced into sex trafficking as a means to support their families. Due to poverty and the cries of their hungry children, women and girls as young as 13 are forced to sell their bodies to survive. Through opportunity, empowerment
, and the support of their community more than 160 women have been plucked from the hellish streets and placed on a road to freedom
The crafting of each Hearts bag supports a rebuilding process with fair wages, better work environments, business and literacy classes, childcare, as well as budgeting and debt managing services for these hopeful women. This is all thanks to an organization, committed to rescuing women from the Indian sex trade industry and giving them fair living wages in a healthy environment through handicraft production.