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Keys to Freedom Art Projects Benefit Human Trafficking Victims

Freedom Keys, Dottie Laster
Freedom Keys, Dottie Laster

Freedom Keys, original mixed media painting by Dottie Laster, now available as prints

Finding exceptional ways for funding the aftercare of victims of human trafficking can be challenging. The aftercare needs of survivors are quite extensive and include physical, mental, and emotional assistance, sometimes for several years.

Dottie Laster created TRAFFICKED Designs a few years ago, a company which teaches survivors how to make jewelry pieces which they design, make and sell for profit. Using acquired skills of the survivors to design and create jewelry, art, and other products, the company assists rescued victims to better assimilate back into society by learning skills to re-enter the job market successfully.

Laster recently added a new product line to TRAFFICKED Designs, her original paintings and prints.

Wings to Freedom signifies the

Wings to Freedom signifies the “unlikely angels” who work to set human trafficking victims free.

The “Keys to Freedom” collection uses the theme for the visualization of those who are unlocking the keys to bondage and setting those ensnared in trafficking on their way to freedom. Laster’s first original painting sold promptly leading her to see there was a market for her works. She has since made prints and other products available using the designs from her original paintings.

Using mixed media and highlighting the painting with antique keys and locks, along with imaginative backgrounds, Laster’s work signifies the importance of all advocates who work towards insuring victims of human trafficking a safe way out of slavery.

Untitled design

The ultimate goal for TRAFFICKED Designs is to be profitable enough to offer a place of employment, continue to help victims strive, and contribute to the communities in a positive way. TRAFFICKED Designs is not a non-profit organization, but a viable company seeking profitability through the employment of those who may not be hired into other companies due to their backgrounds.

Original TRAFFICKED Designs jewelry and artwork may be purchased directly through Dottie Laster by email ( Prints and other merchandise may be purchased directly from the TRAFFICKED Designs store at RedBubble.

Locally, Dottie’s art and jewelry can be found at Imagine Fair Trade Gallery in Wimberly, TX as well as Traveling Art and Huisache Grill both located in New Braunfels, Texas.

Dottie Laster has spent over 10 years in the effort of the anti-human trafficking movement nationally, and in her home state of Texas. She is the co-founder of the San Antonio, Texas Coalition Against Human Trafficking and the past Administrator of the Orange County, California Human Trafficking Task Force and has successfully written millions in grants to assist children and victims of human trafficking. Currently, Laster is the Anti-Trafficking Coordinator with the Bernardo Kohler Center as an accredited representative recognized by the Bureau of Immigration Appeals to practice immigration law under BKC.

Laster is featured in the documentary on sex trafficking in Latin bars and cantinas, The Cantinera, and her direct rescue work is the subject of the MSNBC Documentary, Sex Slaves: Texas Rescue. She is the recipient of several human rights awards and has been featured in numerous publications including recent issues of Texas Monthly, Town Hall, and MORE Magazine.

Dottie Laster, human trafficking

Dottie Laster is the CEO of Laster Global Consulting which has consulted in several high-profile trafficking cases, and has been directly and indirectly responsible for the rescue and restoration of hundreds of trafficking victims. The strong multi-disciplinary team has an established track record and provide project development, consultancy, and training resources in domestic and international trafficking.

For more information visit her website DottieLaster.Com

To bring Dottie Laster to your community or event, please contact ImaginePublicity, Tel: 843-808-0859 or Email:

Keys to Freedom Art Projects Benefit Human Trafficking Victims

1 Comment

  1. You are remarkably talented in so many ways, Dottie! This artistry sure makes up for the gritty realities of saving souls, in the manner needed. Hope it’s very successful! Shine on! LJ

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