WAR boutique: Naperville boutique helps raise money for effort to rescue women from human trafficking – Chicago Tribune
“WARCHEST HITS THE HEADLINES AGAIN!!!”
Naperville boutique helps raise money to rescue women from human trafficking WAR Chest sells gifts, clothing to support agency that runs safe houses, teaches skills August 01, 2012|By Amanda Marrazzo, Special to the Tribune 2
Ashley Pitariu is the manager of WAR Chest Boutique in downtown Naperville. The shop sells jewelry, clothing, cards and other items made by women and children who have been rescued from sex slavery, abuse, violence and exploitation. Brent Lewis, for the Chicago TribuneWhen Lauren Jernigan first wandered into the new little boutique tucked away in downtown Naperville last year, she wasn’t sure what it was all about.She just thought it had some pretty things inside.When she learned that WAR Chest Boutique is supported by Women at Risk International, she made it one of her regular shopping stops. Women at Risk International is a worldwide mission, founded in 2006, that helps rescue women and children from human trafficking.”I really think it’s important, as a woman, to be able to support one another,” said Jernigan, a Naperville resident.The boutique sells jewelry, scarves, bags, clothing, cards, books and other items made by women and children who have been rescued from sex slavery, abuse, violence and exploitation.The women rescued through the efforts of WAR and its partners are set up in safe houses, provided support and counseling, educated, and taught skills. With their new skills they create the products sold at the boutiques and are able to live a safe and independent life.The Naperville boutique, which also hosts after-hour private events, is operated by one manager, four part-time employees and 65 volunteers. It has participated in more than 21 community events this past year and will be for the first time be part of the Naperville Independent Film Festival on Sept. 19 at Classic Cinemas Ogden 6 Theaters, 1227 E. Ogden Ave.
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