The Beauty of Hope
With each purchase of our hand-crafted soy candles, you are partnering with The Beauty of Hope to help light the way to end human trafficking. Ten percent of The Beauty of Hope’s revenue is donated to non-profits who share this goal, encouraging our mission towards the deeper purpose of beauty.
The Beauty of Hope is helping to end human trafficking in three main initiatives.
- Ten percent of all sales from The Beauty of Hope is donated to non-profits that share our mission to end human trafficking.
- The team at BOH volunteers their time and resources with non-profits. (running clothing drives, assembling care packages, participation in anti-trafficking walks etc)
- The Beauty of Hope uses their voice and platform to bring lights to modern day slavery in our world, country and communities. Everything The Beauty of Hope creates points back to our mission. Including packaging, collateral and social media.
The Beauty of Hope is proud to partner with REST (real escape from the sex trade). And Fortress Foundation based in Victoria B.C.
REST was founded in 2009 to build pathways of freedom, safety and hope for victims of sex trafficking and people involved in the sex trade in Seattle and beyond.
Human trafficking is modern-day slavery and the fastest-growing criminal industry in the world. It is the recruitment of people by means of threat, force, coercion or deception for the purpose of exploitation. Sex trafficking is one of the most profitable forms of trafficking and involves many kinds of sexual exploitation, such as prostitution, pornography and the commercial sexual abuse of children.
This isn’t only a 3rd world nations problem, it also takes place within U.S. borders. REST serves girls and young women through direct contact services. We reach them where they’re at and offer trauma-informed services where clients receive support and resources such as counseling and wraparound services.
Human Trafficking Statistics
On any given night, between 300 and 500 minors are exploited on the streets of Seattle.1
The average age of entry into prostitution in the United States is between the ages of 11-13.2
1 in 3 runaways will be recruited by a pimp within 48 hours of leaving home.3
80-90% of girls involved in prostitution are under the control of a pimp and do not keep any of the money they make.4
82% of prostituted individuals surveyed had been physically assaulted. 5
83% had been threatened with a deadly weapon.6
79% of prostituted individuals reported being physically assaulted by their customers.7
76% reported regular beatings by their pimps.8
The average lifespan for someone involved in the sex trade is 7 years before she is murdered, dies of disease or commits suicide.9
- REST Seattle Training 2. Estes, Richard J. and Neil A. Weiner. The Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children in the U.S., Canada and Mexico. The University of Pennsylvania School of Social Work: 2001. 3. National Runaway Switchboard, August 2006. 4. Raphael, J.& Myers-Powell, B. (April 2009). Interview with five ex-pimps in Chicago. Research for DePaul University College of Law Schiller DuCanto & Fleck Family Law Center. Retrieved March 22, 2010. 5-8. Giobe, E. (2002). 9. FBI, 2011.