Freeset is a fair trade business offering employment to women who are trapped in Kolkata's sex trade. They make quality jute bags and organic cotton t-shirts, but their business is freedom.
Once in the sex trade, women have little or no hope of leaving it or earning their freedom. Society has labeled them unclean—outcasts.
Freeset is located in Sonagacchi, the largest, most infamous sex district in Kolkata, India. Within a few square miles more than 10,000 women stand in line selling their bodies to thousands of men who visit daily. Many are trafficked from Bangladesh, Nepal and rural India. For others poverty has left them without options. The cries of their hungry children drive them to sell their bodies.
Freeset would like to see the 10,000 sex workers in their neighborhood empowered with the choice of leaving a profession they never chose in the first place.