Antonia “Neet” Childs is the founder of Neet’s Sweets, a baking and catering business based in Charlotte, North Carolina. Ever since she was a little girl, Childs dreamed of having her own bakery. When she was young, she would follow her Aunt Koona around in her kitchen and watch her make dishes that made everyone happy.
However, Childs’ dreams were crushed and her life took a turn for the worse when she fell victim to human trafficking. With the help of a friend, Childs was able to rebuild her life, starting with a cake decorating class. It wasn’t long before she turned her passion into a business and she launched Neet’s Sweets in 2008.
More than a baking and catering business, Neet’s Sweets is a movement to save other young women from commercial sexual exploitation and trafficking. Proceeds from Neet’s Sweets go towards counseling, housing referrals, and mentoring for women survivors. In addition, the company employs survivors of human trafficking to help them begin their journey to personal growth, empowerment, and success.