Tuesday, February 18, 2014

The MWPC is proud to support “Fashion for Freedom”, a benefit fashion show taking place this upcoming Friday, February 21st at the Linda K. Paresky Center at Simmons College. The event hopes to raise awareness and educate young people of the sex trafficking and forced prostitution of women and children happening worldwide and in the United States.

Fashion for Freedom will feature a fashion show of students wearing clothing designed to illustrate the transformation of a victim to an empowered survivor. Various spoken word artists will also perform to complement the narrative of the walking transformation during the show. Amirah, a non-profit organization that provides support to former victims, will lead an open discussion following the performance about the growing problem of sex trafficking in the Boston area with those attending.

Three million women and girls worldwide are currently enslaved in the sex trade. The average age of a girl forced into prostitution is 13 years old. Approximately 300,000 children are at risk of entering prostitution trades in the United States while one in three teens on the streets will be lured towards prostitution within 48 hours of leaving home.  

Through the event, organizers hope a meaningful dialogue will emerge from their use of art, design, and poetry that will ultimately lead more people to participate in stopping these injustices in the future. If you would like to attend or learn more about “Fashion for Freedom” please visit the event's Facebook page!

For more information regarding sex-trafficking and prostitution in Boston and what you can do to help please visit: http://www.amirahboston.org/