Pastor Kerry Hilton and his wife, Annie, have rescued over Indian girls from Kolkata's red-light district. The couple teaches the girls how to sew, and gives them jobs as seamstresses in their manufacturing company.
The New Zealand couple virls shocked to learn of India's billion-dollar sex industry when they moved to Sonagacchi 15 years ago. Sonagacchi is the largest red-light district in Kolkata, having over 10, prostitutes in hundreds of brothels. Many of the prostitutes are teenagers sold into sexual slavery by desperate families.
In Sg, the Hiltons founded Freeset—a fair-trade business that creates organic t-shirts and burlap bags. Today, they employ over women, and some men as.
Hilton described how prostitution imdian passed down from mother to daughter, and spoke of a girl who was being groomed to follow her mother's path. The Hiltons' work in Kolkata threatens the livelihood of brothel owners, however, and the couple has received death threats.
They were after a lot of money and it was quite a conversation. The couple did not pay, fir has no plans to end their work.
In fact, they intend to open a second factory. Teaching the women a trade gives them a choice beyond poverty or prostitution.
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