A Sheffield woman who set up her own jewellery brand to raise money for global victims of trafficking, plans to continue her fight against modern day slavery when she opens her first city centre store this weekend.
Rachel Salway, who sells her fair trade jewellery online in support of anti-trafficking charities in the UK, will open her shop in Orchard Square Shopping Centre on Saturday.
The 41-year-old Westfield woman quit a 15-year career in leisure and retail management two years ago after hearing devastating stories of children being sold and abused. She launched a website campaign from her site, Rosannah.com, called ‘STOP the Traffick!’ and began designing and selling a collection of jewellery bracelets, with the proceeds going to support survivor charities - including Sheffield’s Snowdrop Project, the only one in the UK to provide extended support to victims after their 45-day programme of UK government support ends.
£5 from every sale of Rachel’s STOP the Traffick! bracelets goes to support a UK anti-trafficking charity, and Rachel began employing Asian survivors of trafficking, living in Sheffield, to make them.
She said: “This bracelet supports my own project to employ survivors of human trafficking, and sexual exploitation here in the UK, giving them skills to leave the past behind and move independently into a new life.”
The Sheffield store will be her second, after previously opening a store in Manchester. She also plans to set up a safehouse workshop in Sheffield in the near future, where survivors can learn the art of jewellery-making and earn income, as many don’t receive any state benefits.
She said: “When I started the campaign I wasn’t aware of the extent of the trafficking problem here. When the Rotherham sex scandal and similar problems were exposed across the country, it opened my eyes. The UK Government Home Affairs Committee estimates that between 100,000 and 800,000 people are trafficked into the EU each year and in 2015 I want to help survivors who end up in Sheffield.”