"Edmund Burke’s quote has always stuck with me, ‘all that is necessary for evil to prevail is for good men to do nothing.’ When I thought of it in these terms, that these girls are being tortured with acid, electrocuted and raped 30 times a day because you and I are doing nothing to stop it, I knew it was time for us to step up. Our sisters across the world need us.” (Nicky Mih).
Free To Shine was founded in June 2010 after Nicky spent a month with more than 200 survivors. The approach and philosophy was not to rescue or fix but to empower. What did they want? They wanted to end sex slavery. They wanted for survivors to be able to attend university for free so that they could become teachers, doctors and lawyers as they viewed these professions as being fundamental in ending sex slavery. They also explained that when girls are rescued from the brothels the traffickers simply go out into the villages and take a new young girl. They wanted these girls to be protected. They believed that if these young girls were in school they would not be trafficked.
Almost 3 years later and Free To Shine now have 72 girls on their scholarship program, as well as 2 survivors.
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