Social Entrepreneur Helps Victims of Sex Trafficking in New York
Social entrepreneur Todd Smith, along with his business partners Jess Lin and Greg Wong, were partners at a design firm in New York when they decided to collaborate on a project to help victims of sex trafficking in the city. Called Hello Rewind, their company makes custom sleeves for laptops out of old t-shirts. The company’s social mission is to help sex trafficking victims prepare for jobs by providing them with job skills and English language training so that they are less likely to return to prostitution. Partnering with the nonprofit Restore, the group has already hired three workers and has a waiting list of at least five. Demand for the laptop sleeves, which sell for $49 online, has outpaced expectations and retailers and a major computer manufacturer have asked to carry them.