posted October 12, 2009

Address on Stemming Sex Slavery and Trafficking

 The Justice League student organization at Hope College will feature an address by Kerry Hilton, founder of Freeset Global, on Thursday, Oct. 15, at 7 p.m. at Dimnent Memorial Chapel concerning economic efforts to stem sex slavery and trafficking in Calcutta, India.

The public is invited.  Admission is free.

Kerry and Annie Hilton moved with their family from New Zealand to Calcutta, India to answer a calling they felt they had been given to work with the poor of India.  The couple inadvertently rented an apartment in Sonagacchi, the largest red-light district of Calcutta.  The Hiltons saw the desperate need for an alternative form of economic opportunity for the women of the district and began to create a business model aimed at providing sustainable economic opportunity for women and their families outside of the sex slave trade that Hilton notes currently dominates impoverished sectors of Calcutta's populace.  Freeset Global opened its doors in 2001 and through the following years has expanded its operation within Calcutta and abroad, exporting throughout the globe the custom promotional bags and t-shirts sewn by the women working with the organization.

Hilton will be presenting his personal story and philosophy driving his ventures with Freeset Global.  His presentation is part of a larger focus of the Justice League on women, both domestically and internationally, for the current academic year.

Dimnent Memorial Chapel is located at 277 College Avenue, on College Avenue at 12th Street.