Athens tattoo parlor provides free cover-ups to survivors of sex trafficking

Athens tattoo parlor provides free cover-ups to survivors of sex trafficking

Athens tattoo parlor provides free cover-ups to survivors of sex trafficking

Jim Mellor and his wife Devon Mellor opened 3 Ravens Tattoo & Piercing one year ago in Athens, Georgia. The couple will cover up sex trafficking victims’ tattoos free of charge. (Photo/Ashley Soriano) When walking into 3 Ravens Tattoo and Piercing, the first thing that strikes you is how bright everything is. Light beams filter through the windows, falling across potted plants adorning the various work stations, and sketches hang on the walls, showing customers the types of artwork they could have on their body.

Jim and Devon Mellor, a married tattoo artist duo at 3 Ravens, have cultivated the space to be a place where their clients feel comfortable. Recently, their clientele has expanded to include survivors of sex trafficking, who are offered the free service of covering tattoos or brandings they were forced to get. Jim Mellor and his wife Devon Mellor opened 3 Ravens Tattoo & Piercing one year ago in Athens, Georgia. The couple will cover up sex trafficking victims’ tattoos free of charge. (Photo/Ashley Soriano) 300×250 image ad For these Athens tattoo artists, helping sex trafficking survivors cover tattoos they received while being trafficked helps survivors move forward in their lives.

According to the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners Partners for Vulnerable Youth, sex trafficking victims are sometimes forced to get a tattoo that indicates they belong to a certain pimp.

“These marks carry through long after someone is lucky enough to be liberated from that life,” Devon said. “It’s the last thing that someone who’s struggling to go from being trafficked to get on their feet is going to have money for or put money toward." “It’s very dark and disheartening to think that these things happen around us."

– Jennifer Davidson, Athens resident

The most common tattoos are crowns, roses, names and even barcodes, Jim said. The tattoos tend to be on victims’ wrists or necks.

In the past, men and women have come to the Mellors to cover […]