We loved the idea of 1% for the Planet’s mission, started 2002, by Yvon Chouinard, founder of Patagonia, and Craig Mathews, founder of Blue Ribbon Flies. But we’re a small, local company with no intentions of global influence or expansion which is why we decided to donate 1% of our net profits to a local charity.
Brightstar Community is currently our only charitable cause and it may always be because we love what their mission is:
“The extent of the national epidemic of sex trafficking, coercing young women into prostitution through drug and alcohol abuse, emotional abuse, and violence touches almost every American community. Large or small. Urban, suburban or rural. And right here in Rochester.
Brightstar Community is the only two-year residential home and program in the Rochester/Monroe County area for adult women affected by addiction and sexual exploitation to heal and find their true self. ”
Every bottle of Boocha Babe kicks back a small percent to this cause but you can donate or get involved any time. Visit their website for more information about their mission and opportunities. Their goal is to have a house by the end of this year- and they are always looking for volunteers!
Here are the facts:
In 2017 nearly 300 youth were referred to the Center for Youth program as possible sexual exploitation victims. [Source: Democrat & Chronicle]
87% of commercial sex workers had unstable housing situations and 83% were affected by substance dependency. [Source: Sex Workers Project at the Urban Justice Center 2003]
As many as 90% of teens who are sexually trafficked were already victims of sexual abuse, according to the National Institute of Justice.
There has been a 176% increase of prostitution arrests from 2016 to 2017 in Monroe County. [Source: DCJS, Computerized Criminal History system]
A 2016 study by the Center for Court Innovation found that between 8,900 and 10,500 children, ages 13 to 17, are commercially exploited each year in this country. [Source: Democrat & Chronicle]