Since 2007, the National Human Trafficking Resource Center hotline, received reports of 21,434 sex trafficking cases inside the United States. Episcopal priest, Becca Stevens, recognized the barriers victims of trafficking face in career development and education. She sought to offer a solution through social enterprise.
In 1997, Rev. Stevens founded the residential community, Magdalene, and Thistle Farms in 2001 for victims of trafficking, addiction, and prostitution in Nashville, Tennessee. Both of the housing and social enterprise programs include medical care, therapy, education and job training to over 700 women annually. These women produce all natural bath and body products sold online and in over 450 stores across the United States. The Thistle Farms movement has expanded globally through Shared Trade. Purchasing items through this marketplace’s 18 social enterprise partners supports survivors of addiction, trafficking, violence and poverty in 10 countries.
Rev. Becca Stevens has been featured in New York Times, on ABC World News, NPR, PBS, CNN and was named a “Champion of Change” by the White House in 2011. Meet the women of Thistle Farms and shop to support the global movement against sex trafficking at thistlefarms.org.