Freeset

„Freeset is a freedom business that exists for the thousands of women in West Bengal who are trapped in the sex trade or are vulnerable to trafficking. We would like to see these women empowered with the choice of leaving a profession they never chose in the first place.“ 

About Freeset

Freeset began in Sonagachi in 2001, one of Asia’s largest red-light areas with around 10,000 sex workers, many of whom were taken from homes in villages and communities across West Bengal as well as many who came from Bangladesh and Nepal, where natural disasters left millions homeless and impoverished, making it easier for them to be exploited by human traffickers.

The women who do survive trafficking and commercial sex exploitation are faced with a new set of challenges -- psychological and emotional damage, health issues, and the social stigma of prostitution. Those who were victims at an early age might find themselves without skills or education, making it nearly impossible to re-integrate back into society. Because of this, many women remain in the trade, fearful they aren't capable of earning a living any other way.

Freeset offers these women a chance to break the cycle. At the center of its philosophy is a commitment to the women who choose to leave the trade and work for Freeset instead. Through jobs as seamstresses making bags and tees, Freeset worked to build new homes and a new community of freedom for the women. Alongside the business the Freeset Trust has been created as a charitable organization which provides literacy classes, childcare, budgeting and debt management services. 

Today more than 288 women are on their journey to freedom at Freeset. The cotton used for its tees and bags is GOTS (Global Organic Textile Standard) certified and Freeset itself is fair trade certified by the WFTO (World Fair Trade Organization). 

Freeset provides a sustainable income source and support network for 250 formerly sex-trafficked women in Kolkata, India. 

With every purchase of a WLP bag handmade by Freeset you not only support the growth of the brand, but WLP also directly contributes its profits to the Freeset Trust to grant access to literacy and finance classes as well as childcare for the seamstresses behind each bag.

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WLP Tote - landscape Freeset/WLP Bag - White Label Project
WLP Tote - landscape Freeset/WLP Bag - White Label Project
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