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New jewelry line to help aid child rape victims

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Posted: Monday, November 5, 2012 11:00 am | Updated: 10:35 pm, Sun Aug 4, 2013.

A simple ring or bracelet could help give freedom to a girl trapped in the world of human trafficking and child rape.

Let Freedom is a new jewelry business started by Ahwatukee Foothills residents Dina Pratt and Rose Krison. All proceeds from their line of simple and sophisticated silver jewelry will benefit Street Light USA in the fight against child rape.

Krison first heard about Street Light USA through her church. After some research into the organization she discovered how poorly funded they were.

Street Light is a nonprofit that focuses on awareness and prevention of child rape. They have a gated Direct Care facility in Phoenix that can house up to 48 female victims of child sex trafficking, ages 11 to 17.

The cost to house each girl for one night and provide food, clothing and treatment is approximately $189, said Lea Benson, president and CEO of Street Light. Street Light gets some funding from the state but is left with about $79 per girl, per night to make up in donations. The shelter often has to turn girls away because of funds.

Krison came up with the theme of Let Freedom Ring and teamed up with local interior designer and custom jewelry designer Pratt to make the jewelry a reality.

“When it comes to human trafficking I think the ring is really symbolic of giving oppressed people freedom,” Krison said. “It’s just a reminder. One of the main elements of Street Light’s campaign is raising awareness. I think with an actual product it will really help do that. I think they compliment each other nicely.”

Each ring and bracelet is made of a high-grade sterling silver that will not tarnish. Some pieces have small rubies or sapphires and each has the “Let Freedom” symbol or the words “Let Freedom” engraved in it.

“When Rose started telling me about this I just thought it was a good cause and would be something good to get involved in,” Pratt said. “We’ve actually had a lot of fun doing it. We’re not selling this jewelry for jewelry. We want it to be a reminder so when people wear it they know who they’re helping.”

The jewelry is for sale online at letfreedom.com and at Carried Away inside Casa Paloma, 7131 W. Ray Road.

For more information, visit their website at letfreedom.com or call (602) 592-6696.

 

Contact writer: (480) 898-7914 or ahurtado@ahwatukee.com

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