On any given day, over 68,000 people are “are trafficked right in front of our eyes” according to a Washington Post investigation.
Sex trafficking is particularly high in Atlanta, largely due to it bring home to the nation’s busiest airport. Now, an Atlanta business owner is fighting back. She’s hoping the sales of her holistic products will assist those who’ve been victims of trafficking.
Wellness Now 101 was created by founder Michell Terry in December 2019. Portions of the profit from Terry’s products go to a local Atlanta nonprofit sex trafficking organization that helps girls and women get their lives back in order.
“It’s very important to me,” Terry told Nancy Grace. “I’ve always wanted to be a part of something big to give back to help.
“So, I created this line; this is very dear to my heart. I’ve created this line to help women that have come out of sex trafficking and that are in these non-profit organizations where they need help, to get them back on their feet, whether it be education, whether it be shelter, clothing, etc.”
In addition to selling homemade soy-based wax candles and natural skincare made with vegan products, Terry’s Facebook page offers people a way to “foster meaningful conversations about mental, spiritual, and physical health.”
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Wellness Now products include sandalwood scented luxury body butter, lemongrass scented sugar scrub, and scented lemongrass candles.
Terry also offers the popular Patchouli Vanilla Musk luxury candle, handmade with a lead-free cotton wick and soy wax.
“It helps with anxiety, depression, and will uplift you creating a more peaceful environment,” Terry said.
Most sex trafficking victims are not allowed to leave at their own will, according to the National Human Trafficking Hotline. They’re typically forced to work excessively long hours without breaks and they’re frequently abused by their “pimps” or supervisors.
The ones that break free are traumatized, violated, and often times left with no food, shelter, money, or clothing.
“Atlanta is one of the top cities in the country with the sex trafficking issue…..there’s a lot of girls missing in these neighborhoods,” Terry said. ” I want to help. I just want to help.”
If you or someone you know is a victim of sex trafficking, contact the National Human Trafficking Hotline 1-888-373-7888.
[Feature Photo: Michell Terry/Facebook]