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DIY couple’s concept to combat sex trafficking

John and Lesley Casey at their Aylesbury home

John and Lesley Casey at their Aylesbury home

A religious IT worker has setup his own DIY business - but he is only employing young people on benefits and profits are going to a charity tackling sex trafficking in India.

John Casey, 58, came up with the idea for JC’s Professional Services after a trip to Moldova - one of the poorest countries in Europe - with his wife Lesley, 60.

The Christian couple, who live in King Edward Avenue, saw the work of US charity Stella’s Voice in building a ‘safe house’ for the women forced into prostitution.

Mr Casey said: “It really stayed in our hearts so we thought ‘can we do something to help?’

“I did some research and read there are 22,000 girls involved with sex-trafficking in India.”

So Mr Casey, who has a 29-year-old daughter Jenna and a 25-year-old son Paul, created the business model.

Mrs Casey will look after the company’s accounts.

Even Aylesbury MP David Lidington has offered his support by saying it had ‘the potential to grow into something big’.

Mr Casey, who regularly visits The Church of the Holy Spirit in Bedgrove, has also decided to give young people on benefits ‘hope for a brighter future’.

He plans to recruit employees for the gardening, painting and decorating service through Jobcentre Plus and said the right attitude will win him over.

He said: “I’ll look to take on one or two at first and hopefully it will soon run itself but the right attitude is important.

“I will hold some face-to-face interviews and they have to want to make something of themselves. If they have the right attitude then I can train them up.

“But this is a means to an end really, I just want to help people. To put something back.”

Profits, excluding running costs, will build a ‘safe house’ to protect vulnerable girls in West Bengal, India.

For more information, contact Mr Casey by sending an email to casey.john1@sky.com

 

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