Human Traffic Watch

How Kate’s stunning dress helped victims of Indian sex trafficking

In Awareness, Human Trafficking on October 19, 2012 at 1:22 pm

There are ways and ways to help the less fortunate. Sometimes, all it takes is some retail therapy. For instance, when the Duchess of Cambridge wore a chic chiffon off-white dress and matching headscarf to visit the Assyakirin Mosque in Kuala Lumpur last month,the dress wasn’t by Alexander McQueen or Alice Temperley but a less well-known name – Beulah London. By the following morning, the fashion label had been inundated with requests, but few would have realised that by wearing the dress, the Duchess was supporting not just her friend – Beulah’s founder Lady Natasha Rufus Isaacs – but also victims of sex trafficking in India, the Daily Mail reported.

In 2009, Natasha and her childhood friend Lavinia Brennan made the life-changing decision to swap parties at Club H – Princes Harry and William’s private basement at Highgrove – for a stint teaching needlework and English to victims of sex trafficking in India.
Natasha, 29, explains: “I had been talking to a friend about human trafficking and I was determined to do something to help. I met women who had been abused and a girl who was trafficked from the school where I was teaching. She fell in love with a man who promised her a new life and whisked her away, and she didn’t return. It was heartbreaking, but it helped me to understand slavery and how traffickers work. It also taught me the importance of education because traffickers prey on the uneducated, the ones who have no options. I realised that providing skills could prevent trafficking.”

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