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About - The Butterfly Project

A Letter from Jané Gautier-Shadoin

Bonjour Mes Chers Amis,

Did you know that every year over a million children are lured or forced into the sex trafficking trade? There are many wonderful organizations dedicated to education and prevention. They also focus on rescuing these children, securing arrests, and shutting down brothels. The Butterfly Project is a non-profit organization that helps in the healing process of the women and girls who have been rescued.

In many instances, once a girl or woman has lost her virginity, no matter how violently, she is no longer considered of value to her family or community. Being forced into prostitution is a source of shame, and there is nowhere for them to turn. Fortunately, there are safe houses all over the world where these survivors are able to begin the healing process. Some safe houses are devoted to prevention and awareness, providing a safe shelter for young girls who are at high risk for trafficking  In many of these shelters, the survivors are creating beautiful pieces of jewelry and other art as a way of helping out with expenses and learning skills. It can sometimes be part of their therapy.

The Butterfly Project not only brings this beautiful, handmade jewelry straight from the safe houses to you, but implements jewelry and art making classes in to the safe houses as well, making a venue available for the sales of this jewelry through our web site.  We also have had beautiful pop-up events in the different cities that I speak in. The money is given directly to the women in the safe houses. These pieces are stunning, giving the wearer an opportunity to talk about the sex trafficking industry and get others involved in the efforts to end it.

Please join us and the countless others who are working to end this horrific crime.