PEHT stands for Partnership to End Human Trafficking, and that’s exactly what they are working to do. Human trafficking is the second-largest and fastest-growing illegal business in the world, and PEHT's goal is to change that.
Step one of their plan is to educate the community. The organization has hosted and co-sponsored events throughout the year dedicated to shining light on human trafficking and bringing together stakeholders to raise awareness about the crime. PEHT has also partnered with other organizations that engage in advocacy to fight human trafficking through legislative efforts.
Step two is a recovery program. PEHT has been working hard on the launch of an all-encompassing, two-year recover program that will provide housing, food, medical, dental and vision services, mental health therapy, addiction services, education, and job training.
So where do pets come in? Their pet product line was inspired by the unconditional love pets give, the type of love that victims of human trafficking need and deserve. And 100% of the proceeds from the products go to the survivors of human trafficking who help make all the products. Economic empowerment is critical for a survivor’s recovery to be sustainable. PEHT's pet product retail company initiative, "Love your pet—change the world," manufactures and sells products hand-crafted by trafficking survivors and by women whose economic vulnerability makes them potential targets of international traffickers. Based on the highly successful program of their sister organization, Thistle Farms, in Nashville, Tennessee, residents and graduates of PEHT’s restoration program will be given vocational opportunities within this enterprise along with other jobs within the pet industry, one of the fastest-growing business sectors in the United States.