Linda Egle first learned about the problem of sex trafficking in 2008. She had already been working with women in extreme poverty for years, but upon hearing of the enormity of the problem of trafficking, she wanted to get involved.
Soon after, Linda met our future partner who had established an anti-trafficking organization in Nepal. His goal was to stop girls from being trafficked into brothels in India and provide a safe place for victims of trafficking to live and heal. They formed a partnership and began to work together to put an end to the trafficking of Nepalese girls.
In 2010, Brittany Partridge, an ACU student who had been volunteering with Eternal Threads (an organization dedicated to improving the lives of women and children most at risk of extreme poverty in many parts of the world) approached Linda with an idea for the Red Thread Movement. Her passion was to create a movement that would raise awareness of the issue of trafficking and also help fund the work that Eternal Threads was doing to save girls in Nepal.
Linda traveled to Nepal with Brittany and two other students in January 2011 to see first-hand the safe houses and anti-trafficking border stations in Nepal. Upon their return to the US, they all felt an overwhelming desire to do more. They began to brainstorm ways that they could offer more support for the anti-trafficking work in Nepal and help many more girls escape being sold into a life of slavery.
The idea of the Red Thread Movement bracelet was born. The concept was simple…the girls living in the safe house in Nepal would make the red woven bracelets and would accomplish three goals:
- Making the red bracelets provides employment for girls in Nepal who have been rescued from the hands of sex traffickers.
- The sale of bracelets not only employs the rescued girls but also funds the safe house that welcomes them and continues the funding of anti-trafficking border units
- Wearing the red bracelet creates awareness of sex trafficking [it’s happening more than we might think, with more than 12,000 girls trafficked across the Nepal border each year].
The bracelet idea quickly became a Movement that is still going strong today! Thousands of girls have been rescued and have been given hope for a new life.
Go to http://eternalthreads.org/product/red-thread-bracelet today and order your red bracelet and start showing your support in the fight against sex trafficking.