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(CNN) – Sometimes something as simple as a bracelet can save a life.
For thousands of women who have been rescued from human trafficking in India by the organization Apne Aap, it’s not the piece of jewelry itself, but rather the future it can create.
Bangles, necklaces, earrings and even bags made by Apne Aap women from upcycled saris are being sold at American department stores and boutiques and on online as part of Rosena Sammi Jewelry’s “Who Sari Now?” Collection
About 25% of the purchase price goes back to the women artisans, giving them a livable wage. The money also helps fund their children’s education. No small feat for women who may have been sold into prostitution at a very young age, abused for years and then discarded when they were no longer a profitable commodity.