Wings of Refuge has partnered with The Webster City Womens Club and the Webster City Chamber of Commerce to present "Shop for a Cause" on Nov. 21 from 6 to 8 pm at the Jane Young House.
Wings of Refuge, an Iowa organization for survivors of human trafficking will be showcasing clothing from Elegant Tees. The clothes are designed by Katie Martinez, an Iowa woman now living in New York City, and made by survivors of human trafficking. All proceeds go to pay these women and help others in need.
Joy Fopma will begin the presentation at 7 p.m. and briefly talk about Human Trafficking Awareness and the Restoration of Rescued Women through the vision of Wings of Refuge. The fashion show will begin immediately after Joy's presentation. Local women of all ages will be modeling the clothing.
A free will offering will be suggested for attending and women of all ages are invited.
Www.elegantees.com is where the clothing can be seen prior to the fashion show. Organizers said don't be fooled by the name. The pieces of clothing are not run-of-the-mill t-shirts. Organizers said the items are moderately priced for sale with 25 percent of all profits going back to Wings of Refuge. Prices are under $30, many are less than $15, and those attending will be able to purchase clothing that evening.
Elegant Tees website states "Sex trafficking is a form of slavery where humans are forced or blackmailed into working into prostitution. This injustice occurs all over the world, even in America. Poverty, lack of opportunity, and a need for acceptance are common reasons for a woman's vulnerability to believe the false promises of traffickers.
"Elegantees was started to help women recover from the bondage of sex trafficking. Once she's rescued, we offer sewing jobs as an opportunity to keep her far from the possibility of being trafficked again."