Mae recalls hiding and crying when she saw other kids go to school because she was so sad. Whenever she could, she would stand at the gate of the school, trying to listen to the teacher. She admired the students and hoped to someday learn like they did.
We don't know the specifics of how Mae arrived in the brothels. Others in her situation boarded very long and overcrowded trains, under the assumption they were going to work as models, hairdressers, and other professions. Their families sent them off to work and send money back to provide. They did not know this "work" would be sex trafficking! Can you imagine your own family tricking you into such a horrific situation?
Trades of Hope's goal is to help these young women become empowered, independent women. We do this by creating sustainable jobs for their future. Training is available so they can learn how to read and write; both in their native language and English. Girls from ages 16-60 have learned to read for the first time in this program!
As an artisan, Mae realizes her dreams have come true! She never thought she would get the chance to study, especially as an adult. Since becoming an artisan, Mae has pursued many opportunities she wouldn't otherwise have. She's learned how to read and write in her native language and is studying English and computers. Mae is very thankful for the amazing teachers and support that has allowed her childhood dreams to come true.
This sustainability is possible when women in America support Trades of Hope. YOU can be a part of redemptive stories such as Mae's. Shop, host, or join Trades of Hope today to empower women out of sexual exploitation and violence in the brothels and other desperate situations. Visit www.tradesofhope.com to learn more. While you're there, check out these seven products created by Mae and her co-workers, including *3 NEW products* that are only available while supplies last:
- Holly Necklace
- Victory Necklace
- May Lee Necklace
- Restoring Hope Necklace
- Reflection Bracelet*
- Aspire Earrings*
- Endurance Necklace*