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Handmade Jewelry from Thailand Helps Free Women from the Sex Trade

Support employment opportunities for women leavings the sex trade in Thailand by purchasing handmade jewelryDo you want to help free women from the sex trade? You can, simply by purchasing beautiful handmade jewelry from SHE (Self Help and Empowerment).   Based in Phuket, Thailand, the non-profit organization gives women an opportunity to earn a living and create a new future.

The lovely pieces, handmade by women employed in the jewelry program, feature the following:

  • freshwater pearls
  • glass seed beads
  • Swarovski crystals
  • shell pieces
  • agate spheres

Proceeds from jewelry sales create more job opportunities, allowing more women a chance to escape the slavery of the brothels. Kae, who used to work as a prostitute, shares about her experience.

“I do not like working at the bar [brothel]. Many, many men, I don’t like that. Sharon and Mark go talk about making jewelry and ask me if I want to work with them. First, I say I have to think about jewelry. I work more and more at bar. I be tired. I want to stop. The bar no good. I left bar for one month, have no job no money. Then I think I have Sharon. I call Sharon and tell her I want to work with her. Then I come to work at SHE.”

Help free women like Kae.  Purchase a necklace or pair of earrings, and know that you have made a difference. Your order will be shipped from Thailand in a fun envelope and includes a handmade paper card and a small satin bag. Note: Prices in the online store are listed in in £; view current conversion rates here.

Image is the author’s own, and shows earrings purchased from SHE.

Written by Gina Munsey

Gina was born in Mexico, but spent her early childhood years in Eastern Europe. She gained her Associate and Bachelor degrees from schools in California and Michigan, respectively, and was mostly recently employed in the Business Systems field in California. Diagnosed with a corn allergy in her early twenties, Gina has taken on the challenge of living corn-free -- as well as dairy, wheat, and gluten-free -- in a corn-saturated world. She currently lives in beautiful Northern California. Gina loves her husband, watering her plants, writing poetry and blog posts, creating collages, browsing art galleries, eliminating toxic chemicals, reading the Bible, doing laundry, reading cookbooks and substituting ingredients in recipes, collecting broken shells from the beach, repurposing everyday objects, and watching curtains dance over open windows. Follow her on Twitter @gmunsey.

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