Last year, a group of Atlanta based wedding vendors called Love Gives Way, gathered to put on a styled shoot in an effort to increase awareness and use their services to fight against sex trafficking. Working to connect couples with wedding vendors who donate portions of their proceeds to organizations that help fight sex trafficking around the world, supporting causes such as Beloved, Wellspring Living, She is Safe, Out of Darkness, and Serenity’s Steps. All of these organizations are in Atlanta and work against sex trafficking either through reaching victims, rescuing women, or offering restorative services.
Atlanta is one of the largest hubs in the world for sex trafficking. Most children in the U.S. are between the ages of 12 to 14 when they are trafficked. The average lifespan of someone trafficked is 3-7 years due to abuse, attacks, sexually transmitted diseases, malnutrition and suicide.
It is estimated that the wedding industry in the U.S. alone is a 40 billion dollar industry. The total market value of human trafficking is estimated to be over 32 billion dollars. That’s why Love Gives Way decided to start using weddings to raise awareness and funds to fuel these organizations that fight the sex trafficking industry.
It’s a radical way for couples to give back on their wedding day and for vendors to add meaning to their business.