Jenny McGee, a native of Elkhart, Indiana, had been living in Asia for 4 years with her husband when a friend asked for a favor. The friend wanted her to find a translator so she could reach out to women who worked in the local brothels.
Since Jenny was fluent in the language, she agreed to help. Little did she know how heartbreaking the women’s stories would be and how young some of them were.
As is usually the case with trafficked persons, the women thought they were coming to the “big city” to work in restaurants or hair salons so they could earn money to send to their families in far-away towns and villages. Instead, they were forced to live in small, dark shops and sell themselves day in and day out.
Drawn in by the women’s plight, Jenny continued her translation work. She built friendships with them and began to teach them English.
But she wanted to do more. So she started a jewelry business where the women could make the jewelry and earn enough money to keep them off the street and work in a dignified environment. Continue Reading »