Did you know that there are 4.8 million sex slaves in the world, and 400,000 sex workers in Germany Alone?
Did you have any idea that the average age of a trafficking victim is 12 years old?
Had you ever heard that Stuttgart is home to hundreds of brothels and that Germany is often referred to as "Europe's Biggest Brothel?" Though prostitution is legal in Germany and sex workers now have a number of legal protections, human trafficking for the purpose of sexual exploitation is increasingly high and difficult to prosecute.
Did you know that every 30 seconds another person becomes a victim of human trafficking, and that only 1-2% are ever rescued?
These statistics were all new to me and I'm excited to have partnered with Lana Packer, founder and CEO of Kainos, a nonprofit organization working to combat human trafficking and sexual exploitation in Stuttgart, Germany and around the world to learn more and make a difference starting right where I live.
We were recently joined by the Healing Hands Foundation, the non-profit charitable arm of doTERRA Essential Oils, to raise funds for two of Kainos' ongoing projects, focusing on both prevention and intervention.
This partnership was the Healing Hands Foundation's FIRST PARTNER PROJECT in Germany and the 7th project overall in Europe. We were so incredibly grateful to have been chosen for this honor and were touched by the number of people who helped us exceed our fundraising goals.
We had two goals:
1) $4,500 in monetary donations
2) $2,000 in emotional essential oil donations, which would be given to the women working in the brothels
We were blown away by the many people who pitched in to help us exceed our monetary goal by more than $1,500 and our oil donation goal by more than $1,000!! With doTERRA's Healing Hands Foundation's matching funds and oils that meant that we raised a total of more than $10,500 and we received more than $5,000 worth of essential oils.
These donations will go a long way in helping Kainos with their prevention and intervention programs but as we look to the future, and particularly to the New Life House and Learning Center, we see how much work we have left to do. As always, we are better together and YOU can help!
There are two ways you can help:
1. Choose to implement a healthier lifestyle for you and your family by purchasing an essential oil starter pack from dōTERRA.
---> 30% of your initial purchase will be donated to Kainos
---> Up to 7% of every order you make will go to Kainos, for life!
These recurring donations will help cover the costs of ongoing projects. See below to view the collection of enrollment packages and to complete your donation by registering for your own wholesale account.
2. Donate specific essential oils directly to Kainos. These beautiful essential oils, Hope, Peace, Forgive, and Console were selected for their ability to support the body through emotional trauma/recovery. It is these four essential oils, in the Touch format, that we will continue to collect and donate to Kainos. These donations will be gifted to the women Kainos visits in the brothels during the Christmas season and beyond. You can complete your donation of these essential oils below.
Learn More About KAINOS