Soroptimist La Conner members with some of the hundreds of bras collected for the “Free The Girls” organization.
By Marilynn Olson (Photo by Jane Godfrey)
Soroptimist International of La Conner sends bras to “Free The Girls,” a non-profit organization that provides bras for rescued victims of human trafficking.
Victims of human trafficking are often forced into prostitution at an early age. Girls fortunate enough to find their way to safe houses are taught skills to help them earn money to support themselves and their own children.
There is a cottage industry that gives these young women their own inventory of bras, a desired commodity, to sell on the streets of their community.
Soroptimist La Conner collects bras and ships them to a sorting facility in Chesterton, Indiana. From there they are sent to Mozambique, Uganda, and El Salvador and soon to more areas in Africa and Central America.
Donations of new and gently used bras are collected at Vintage La Conner to aid this cottage industry effort. Combined with other donations throughout the U.S., thousands of bras have been collected and distributed. This is an on-going project.
New (with tags) and clean, gently used bras may be brought to Vintage La Conner for future distribution to “Free The Girls.”