In India, the average age of a girl entering the sex trade is eleven. Many who enter are trafficked… in other words kidnapped, lured with promises of jobs in the city or sold by their own friends or family into sexual slavery. It is estimated that there are more than 3 million women and girls enslaved in India’s sex trade.
International Princess™ Project’s mission is to create pathways to freedom for women escaping the ravages of sex slavery to achieve lives of hope and dignity.
“We do this by partnering with indigenous organizations to establish micro-enterprise sewing centers that offer these women a fresh start and place to heal. When a woman becomes part of an IPP sewing center, she learns a new trade [sewing] and practices refining her craftsmanship by producing quality sleep & loungewear called PUNJAMMIES™. The finished product is then exported to the US and sold online to countries all over the world with proceeds coming back to benefit each of the sewing centers. Each pair of PUNJAMMIES™ is named after a woman in one of our sewing centers so when you wear PUNJAMMIES™, you are wearing a message of HOPE for others like the women who lovingly stitched your loungewear.”
I had the chance to work personally with the International Princess Project Intern Christine this month and participate in the Fall/Winter PUNJAMMIES™ shoot. We shot early Saturday Morning In Costa Mesa at the SoCo Farmers Market. It was a blast, and even better, I got to experience it with one of my favorite blogger friends Amanda! We had the most amazing time exploring the grounds and taking photos for such a special cause. I was thrilled to see and meet so many individuals who support PUNJAMMIES™ Check out a few of the photos from the shoot below. To see more visit my Facebook Page.
If you are interested in purchasing your very own pair or looking to donate you can do so here.