STOPstart began in 2008 with a trip to Cambodia. This journey of discovery not only ignited a compassion for helping trafficked people, but offered opportunities to engage in making a positive difference in the lives of people today and for their future. Meeting with women and girls that had been trafficked and hearing their stories was the founding of STOPstart.
Cambodia is a key focus as it is a country where thousands of women and children are trafficked every day. Cambodia experiences significant internal and cross-border trafficking and is a country of origin, transit and destination. The majority of Cambodian victims of cross-border trafficking are sent to Thailand and Malaysia. Internally, victims of trafficking are sent to major tourist centres in Cambodia such as Phnom Penh, Siem Reap and Sihanoukville where the sex trade is most popular.
Our desire is to see trafficked women supported and empowered to be all they are meant to be, and to build awareness of human trafficking within Australia.
One focus is a social enterprise project in Cambodia, STOPstart Enterprises (SSE), who provide employment for formerly trafficked women. The project is in Phnom Penh, and teaches women design and fabric making skills. Products featured in our range have been designed and made by former trafficked women who are part of this initiative.
Meet Jane, Our Founder
Jane Marquis is married to Hugh and is the mother of three lovely children. Jane is very passionate about giving people hope for their future, and creating opportunities for women and children across Cambodia. Jane is a caring and compassionate woman who loves doing all she can to make a difference.
If you would like to get involved, or know more about how you can help, please email us today at firstname.lastname@example.org We are always looking for like-minded people who are passionate about helping others to pitch in and give us a hand.
What We Believe
There are five core values that underpin operations at STOPstart. They are integrity, freedom, justice, truth, and hope.
This is because we believe it is central to uphold integrity of action, thought, and motivation in every area of our organisation. We are compelled to help free and care for victims of trafficking. We stand for justice and will not tolerate those who foster inequality. We want the world to know the truth about human trafficking, its effects, and its wake of devastation. Our support gives hope.