Matt and I are often asked why we chose sex trafficking as our cause to donate to. It has become more of a mission than a cause, but here is our story…
A few years ago, we spent a few months traveling around India and Nepal. While we were traveling in Mumbai, India a local gentleman was showing us around the city. He took us down a street and told us to look up at the barred windows. He said that the Nepali women who had been sex trafficked were kept up there in dingy cages. I remember the feeling of my heart breaking and the feeling of absolute helplessness. I just wanted to run up there and start saving them. Then he pointed down the street and said there is a police station right there and they just turn a blind eye. To make matters worse these women don’t have family coming to look for them either because they do not have the financial resources or perhaps they even played a part in them being trafficked in the first place. As a woman, I can’t imagine a more horrific and dire situation that this.
As if being locked in an actual cage being forced to service 25 to 50 men a day is not bad enough, now they are starting to harvest these poor women’s skin. With the explosion of plastic surgery there is a demand for skin. They are taking large swaths of their skin at a time leaving them permanently deformed which makes it even more difficult to live a normal life once they are saved.
We wanted to start Bright Dove Designs to give them a glimmer of hope that someone is coming to save them by funding organizations that will rescue them. In Psalm 55: 4 – 6 it says, “My heart pounds in my chest. The terror of death assaults me. Fear and trembling overwhelm me, and I can’t stop shaking. Oh, that I had wings like a dove; then I would fly away and rest!”. We want to give these women wings to escape from their dingy cages and be able to rest in safety and love.