THE PARTNERS The partners of 3Strands are the same partners who own Apricot Lane, a successful U.S. chain of franchised women's fashion boutiques, with 100+ stores open and planned retail stores in 29 States.  The CEO, Ken Petersen, of Apricot Lane became aware of the sex trafficking problem when he heard Don Brewster, of AIM (Agape International Missions) FOunder/Executive Director,  speak in his church about the young Cambodian children who were victims of sex trafficking.  Brewster spoke about AIM's mission to rescue and restore the lives of these young women through AIM's program (www.agapewebsite.org).  Apricot Lane is known for giving back to their communities through local charities.  The partners and franchisees were compelled to help bring about change and awareness to this issue and in turn, provide funding to support AIM's growth.
THE VISION A world free from sex trafficking.
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3Strands
Cambodia
Nepal

The Scarlet Seed Story
Our Core Values
Frequently Asked Questions
Board Members



3Strands

Imagine a world free from sex trafficking - this is the vision of 3Strands. Our mission is to mobilize a worldwide community of individuals and organizations to positively change lives by investing in sustainable initiatives that fight sex trafficking.

Imagine this 3Strands worldwide community that invests the collective resources to help organizations already engaged in the fight with sustainable initiatives that creates jobs. Imagine individuals, organizations, corporations and non-profits, all coming together sharing and collaborating communities towards the common goal of a world free from sex trafficking.

We are stronger together than apart – one strand is weak, but three strands woven together into a cord is strong. By ourselves, we are just a whisper, but together we become a roar that can’t be denied. Imagine millions of us coming together shouting that sex trafficking is NOT OK, millions coming together to join the fight offering our time, talent and treasures – that is strength, that is community, that is resources, that is distribution and that is what 3Strands is called to do.  Please take a moment to learn more and help us roar by adding your voice of support. Take the first step by simply agreeing with us that sex trafficking is NOT OK.  Join the Commit to Freedom Community.

WHY?  Because we will not accept the status quo. We will not accept evil. We will not close our eyes and pretend it doesn’t exist or affect us. Sex trafficking is NOT OK and we believe everyone can make a difference. 

3Strands is a California based 501c3 nonprofit organization. EIN# 46-4128744.
 



Cambodia

We began in 2011 by partnering with Agape International Missions (AIM) www.agapewebsite.org to open training centers in Cambodia for girls rescued from sex trafficking and restored through AIM's proven program. Girls rescued from sex trafficking need well paying, sustainable jobs so they can reintegrate back into their community with honor and dignity. The Agape Employment Center (AEC) is a small jewelry and apparel production center unlike any we know of in the world. Instead of the typical 12-hour shift in horrible working conditions, the girls attend the AEC eight hours a day. During that time, they receive counseling and educational services as well as meals and medical benefits. Their salaries are 3 – 4 times higher than what the typical garment factory pays. Click Here to Shop Now!



Nepal 

In January 2014, 3Strands acquired the distribution rights for the Nepal Mission Bracelets previously distributed by Fair Trade Fashion Designs. These beautiful glass beaded bracelets each have one red bead (see the Scarlet Seed Story) somewhere in the design. The tradition and artistry of Nepali glass beads met Western fashion, flair and distribution when 3Strands began working with the skilled Nepali women artisans. Although artists and craftswomen in their own rights, financial sustainability still did not exist for these women, their families or their communities. 3Strands brought new designs, distribution opportunities and the women of Nepal are paid well above market rate for their craft, giving them much needed income to provide for their families and most importantly, provide an alternative to sex-trafficking. Additionally, there is a new sense of pride, prestige and a hope for the future that comes with earning a livable wage.  Click Here to Shop Now!

The Scarlet Seed Story

The initial bracelet line originating in Cambodia had a red seed featured on all 3Strands bracelets. The red seed is significant to our cause and can be discovered if one looks into the seed pods, which grow on Sandalwood trees, native to Cambodia. The colorless pods eventually dry up and fall to the ground and are forgotten, stepped over like trash as they blow away in the wind.  To Don Brewster, the founder of AIM, these pods are representative of how the Cambodian culture sees a child coming out of a brothel – as trash. But inside these dried up pods are beautiful, glossy, scarlet seeds that in their natural beauty, represents the beauty in each of the girls who have been freed, loved and empowered with a hope for the future. So it began in Cambodia, a vision of one red seed or representative red bead in every product that 3Strands offers reminding them and us of their beauty within.

Our Core Values

Our values represent our collective beliefs about what is most important to further the fight against sex trafficking.

Value:

We believe every person is of value and sex trafficking is NOT OK.

Making a Difference:

We believe every person and organization has the ability to make a difference and we are committed to collaboration, cooperation and building our strength in numbers.

Integrity:

Our words and actions are driven by integrity. This includes mutual respect, generosity, honesty, forgiveness, humility, sincerity, morality, righteousness and a commitment to perform our work in the highest ethical manner possible.

Societal Change:

We believe sex trafficking is a symptom of greater societal problems such as lack of education, poverty, greed, power and cultural morals and are committed to making a difference on these fronts.

Respect:

We respect and support our employees and allies and will not work with any company that supports or uses child labor.

Frequently Asked Questions - FAQs

Q. What is 3Strands?
A. 3Strands is a non-profit (501c3) orgranization to mobilize a worldwide community of individuals to positively change lives by investing in sustainable initiatives that fight sex trafficking.  Originally, 3Strands was created to fund the Agape Training Center (ATC) in Svay Pak, Cambodia. ATC teaches women over 16 years old skills to be empowered in the workplace and allows them to be financially stable after being rescued from human trafficking. At ATC, the women are paid a much higher wage than what is normally found in their country, attend school and also create the 3Strands brand. Human trafficking has been identified as the fastest growing criminal industry in the world, second only to drug trafficking. Agape International Missions (AIM) works to rescue these women from the horrific life they have endured and restore them. 3Strands symbolizes that the strength of a cord (3 strands) is not easily broken and each strand represents the Freedom, Love and Empowerment process that AIM provides.

Q. How is 3Strands linked to Apricot Lane Boutiques?

A. The founders of 3Strands are the same founders who own Apricot Lane boutique, a successful U.S. chain of franchised women’s fashion boutiques, with 100+ stores in 34 States. When the CEO, Ken Petersen became connected with AIM, he asked the Founder, Don Brewster what he needed most. Don replied, “jobs”. It is a good paying job that helps the rescued girls to reintegrate back into their communities with dignity and self-esteem in a culture that considers them trash after being in the sex trade. Ken went to his franchise system and asked if they could support such a difficult issue as a retail chain and they all agreed that they would make this issue their primary cause and join the fight against sex trafficking.



Q. What exactly is sex trafficking?
(from the Sex Trafficking Fact Sheet)
A. Sex trafficking is a modern-day form of slavery in which a commercial sex act is induced by force, fraud, or coercion, or in which the person induced to perform such an act is under the age of 18 years. Enactment of the Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000 (TVPA) made sex trafficking a serious violation of Federal law.

The TVPA also recognizes labor trafficking, which is discussed in a separate fact sheet.
As defined by the TVPA, the term ‘commercial sex act’ means any sex act on account of which anything of value is given to or received by any person.

The TVPA recognizes that traffickers use psychological and well as physical coercion and bondage, and it defines coercion to include: threats of serious harm to or physical restraint against any person; any scheme, plan, or pattern intended to cause a person to believe that failure to perform an act would result in serious harm to or physical restraint against any person; or the abuse or threatened abuse of the legal process.


Victims of sex trafficking can be women or men, girls or boys, but the majority are women and girls. There are a number of common patterns for luring victims into situations of sex trafficking, including:
   • A promise of a good job in another country
   • A false marriage proposal turned into a bondage situation
   • Being sold into the sex trade by parents, husbands, boyfriends
   • Being kidnapped by traffickers

Sex traffickers frequently subject their victims to debt-bondage, an illegal practice in which the traffickers tell their victims that they owe money (often relating to the victims’ living expenses and transport into the country) and that they must pledge their personal services to repay the debt.

Sex traffickers use a variety of methods to “condition” their victims including starvation, confinement, beatings, physical abuse, rape, gang rape, threats of violence to the victims and the victims’ families, forced drug use and the threat of shaming their victims by revealing their activities to their family and their families’ friends

Victims face numerous health risks. Physical risks include drug and alcohol addiction; physical injuries (broken bones, concussions, burns, vaginal/anal tearings); traumatic brain injury (TBI) resulting in memory loss, dizziness, headaches, numbness; sexually transmitted diseases (e.g., HIV/AIDS, gonorrhea, syphilis, UTIs, pubic lice); sterility, miscarriages, menstrual problems; other diseases (e.g., TB, hepatitis, malaria, pneumonia); and forced or coerced abortions.

Psychological harms include mind/body separation/disassociated ego states, shame, grief, fear, distrust, hatred of men, self-hatred, suicide, and suicidal thoughts. Victims are at risk for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) – acute anxiety, depression, insomnia, physical hyper- alertness, self-loathing that is long-lasting and resistant to change (complex-PTSD).

Victims may also suffer from traumatic bonding – a form of coercive control in which the perpetrator instills in the victim fear as well as gratitude for being allowed to live.

National Human Trafficking Resource Center 1.888.3737.888


Q. How can I help?

A. By spreading the awareness of 3Strands and the mission behind it we are creating awareness of the evils of this horrific crime in hopes of rescuing even more girls as time goes on and leading them to a life of freedom, love and empowerment. Here's How to Get Involved!


Board Members

Ken Petersen, Founder and Founding Chair, CEO Apricot Lane
Ken Petersen is the founder and CEO of Country Visions, Inc. the franchisor for Apricot Lane Boutique, a women's fashion retail concept with stores in malls and lifestyle centers across the country. A serial entrepreneur and retired fire captain, Ken has been involved in many business startups in the areas of retail, wholesale, distribution, real estate, consulting, franchising, international manufacturing and non-profit. As a member of Convene, a trusted community of high performing Christian CEOs and business leaders, Ken enjoys accountability with like-minded business men and women across the country.

Ken attended paramedic school with an AS degree in Fire Science and Lifetime Teaching Credential. 

Ken founded 3Strands with a mission of ending sex trafficking and a focus on business initiatives to create jobs both as prevention and restoration for sex trafficking victims. 3Strands also strives to mobilize a community of "Freedom Fighters" who bring strength in numbers.

A husband and adoptive father to a Cambodian girl, Ken treats money, power, fame and status as resources and plans to devote the rest of his life to helping others with his experience, knowledge and gifts.

Scott Jacobs, Co-Founder, President Apricot Lane Boutiques
Scott Jacobs is one of the original founders of 3Strands and is president of Country Visions, Inc., franchisor of Apricot Lane Boutiques. With franchises all across the country, Apricot Lane continues to be one of the leading retail franchise boutiques ranking in Entrepreneur’s Top Franchises for the past six years.

Scott holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Southern California in Broadcast Management and previously worked in Affiliate Relations for ABC Networks in New York City. In other roles, Scott has delivered consistent contributions in public relations, advertising, promotions, marketing, communications, sales, team-building and strategic business leadership.

After visiting Cambodia for the first time in 2012, Scott confirmed his philanthropic course and commitment with 3Strands and the fight against sex trafficking on a global basis. Scott continues to travel and was instrumental in establishing the 3Strands affiliation in Nepal.

A devoted husband and father of five. He currently serves on the Vacaville Christian School Board of Directors, as vice chairman, where two of his children attend.

Jennifer Bulotti, Board Chair, CEO Modamedia Communications
As the founder and managing partner of Modamedia Communications, Jennifer is a seasoned professional in creating innovative strategic planning and attention-grabbing media and marketing campaigns. Committed to taking a strategic and integrated approach for long-term campaign success, she offers a wide breadth of consulting experience.

Her experience ranges from advising clients on corporate branding and marketing strategies, to implementing large-scale community relations, public information and public involvement programs for a variety of issues. She is particularly adept at identifying target audiences and messaging and conducting results-oriented campaigns on behalf of clients. Jennifer’s experience includes work on behalf of companies in the high tech, biotech, investment services, healthcare, insurance, and mortgage industries, among others. In addition to extensive private sector experience, Jennifer has supported statewide and local public information campaigns publicizing topics ranging from anti-DUI, public infrastructure, capital improvement and transportation projects, to community visioning and planning processes for local governments and jurisdictions.

Jennifer is passionate about supporting causes within her community. She was a founding board member and vice-chair of Hope Productions Foundation and its annual Walk ‘N Rock, and has acted as the president and marketing chair of the American Heart Association. She also served on the Western States Delegation on behalf of the American Heart Association. Over the past several years, Jennifer has participated on a multi-county philanthropic giving campaign—Give Local, Give Now—on behalf of the Generosity Project.

Jennifer spends her free time traveling with her family, and supporting the ambitious plans of her two children; one of whom is an honors student at University of Washington in Seattle, the other a high school honors student, golfer and renaissance man. She is supported by a patient and supportive husband of 21 years.

Jennifer holds a B.A. in Organizational Communications from California State University, Sacramento, and a Masters in Public Administration.

Scott Edwards, President
Scott is a proven leader in both the for-profit and non-profit business industries. He is a natural connector of people who consistently delivers on significant performance objectives. His ability to take command of situations that require an immediate plan of action, assembling the appropriate team to execute that plan which ultimately leads to obtaining the desired results has been recognized by his supervisors, peers and delegates.

After graduating from Westmont College with a BA in Communications and a minor in Business where he competed as a scholarship athlete on their nationally ranked Tennis team, he assumed the role of president of the largest independent vending food service company in the San Francisco Bay area, Silicon Valley, and greater Sacramento areas. During his 8 year tenure, Scott grew the company annually gross sales from $4 million to $7 million delivering net profits of $350,000 annually. He was responsible for leading 40 team members, 20 routes representing 5,000 pieces of equipment.

Scott entered into the non-profit sector as director of the Peninsula Community Center, located in Redwood City, Calif. There, he led all efforts in turning around the financial position of the center from an annual operating deficit of $180,000 to a surplus of close to $100,000 in his first 18 months. He personally managed a staff of 100 employees, annual operating budget of $3 million, and oversaw a $200,000 facility renovation during his three-year tenure.

Before joining the 3 Strands team, Scott was the chief operating officer at Courage Worldwide, an anti-trafficking organization focused on efforts in the United States. Prior to that he served for three years as executive pastor of Bayside Church in Roseville, Calif.

A resident of Granite Bay, Calif. Scott is an avid tennis player as well as an outdoor action sports enthusiast. Being a husband to his wife of 13 years and father of four is what he regards as his greatest treasure.

Don Murphy, Board Member, President Kinetic Partners
Don Murphy is a well-rounded business leader with experience in organizational leadership, operations, and complex deal environments.

He had the opportunity to learn the finer points of the home building and land development industries with Shea Homes, the largest privately held homebuilder in the United States. Don served in the Sales & Marketing, Operations, and Acquisitions departments prior to being promoted to division president. He led the acquisition of approximately 11,000 home sites valued at $1.1 billion. Under Don's leadership, Shea's seven-county Sacramento Division was awarded the North State Building Industry Association (NSBIA) home-builder of the year award in 2007.

Don was a founding member of Shea Capital and was the point person for the company's efforts in identifying an institutional capital partner and negotiating a partnership structure.

Prior to joining the development industry, Don was president and CEO of a mid-stage Silicon Valley technology company and managing director of a services business in the United Kingdom that employed more than 1,400 team members.

Don has a Masters of Business Administration from Arizona State University and a Bachelor's of Arts Degree from the University of Oregon.

Don has made Northern California his home. He loves the outdoors and spends the majority of his free time with his family, including his wife of 17 years and his two young daughters. His hobbies include cycling, skiing, yoga, reading and travel.

Michael Sollazzo, Board Member, Financial Advisor
& Principal Capital Planning Advisors
Michael Sollazzo serves as a financial planner and principal at Capital Planning Advisors, a wealth management firm in Sacramento that focuses on holistic wealth management for high-net worth clients and owners of closely-held and family-owned businesses. 

Michael is also an attorney with a tax background and more than a decade of managing complex wealth strategies on behalf of closely-held and family-owned companies, major corporations, and high net-worth individuals. A licensed CPA (inactive), he previously served as a staff accountant at Deloitte & Touche, LLP.

As a former associate with the prestigious Sacramento law firm McDonough, Holland & Allen, Michael advised clients on real estate transactions, business, tax and estate planning matters and served as “contract general counsel” to small- and medium-sized businesses. As general counsel for a $700M real estate company between 2003 and 2009, he raised capital for, and structured and managed private equity funds focused on acquiring and managing real estate and alternative investments. He has worked in and with several start-up operations and been engaged as a consultant on several business and real estate ventures.

Michael Sollazzo has been married to his “better half,” Susana, for 16 years and they have three beautiful children, Ryan, Rachel and Julia. The entire family is very involved at Bayside Church and love volunteering their time, talents and treasures to serve “the least of these” in their community and beyond. Michael is a co-founder of Safehaven Ministries of Sacramento, a Christian outreach ministry to the homeless community of Sacramento that has also utilized connections with the business world to teach marketplace ministry. With a son and two young daughters he and Susana are especially interested in working to help provide hope to young children who are oppressed and living in despair. He also enjoys mentoring young adults, coaching youth sports and is an avid skier and golfer.

Office Address:
3Strands, Inc.
3333 Vaca Valley Pkwy. #700
Vacaville, CA  95688
Any questions, email: info@3strandsglobal.com


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