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Sex Trafficking Slavery is a harsh reality for millions of people the world over who find themselves trapped in an exploitative and abusive system, bought and sold like objects, and treated with no dignity or human decency. How extensive is slavery’s reach? Human rights groups estimate that anywhere between 12.3 million and 27 million people are enslaved in forced or bonded labor, child labor, sexual servitude, and involuntary servitude at any given time. Slavery exists in a variety of permutations, but all forms of slavery share some common characteristics: slaves are forced to work; are owned or controlled by another person; are dehumanized and treated as commodities; and are physically or psychologically constrained and unable to escape. One type of slavery and exploitation that is proliferating at an alarming rate-and that has a particular relevance to women and girls-is sex trafficking/slavery. Seventy-nine percent of human trafficking victims are women and girls. Also, seventy-nine percent of the victims of trafficking end up in sex slavery.

Soroptimists around the world are working to end the enslavement of women and girls. Sex slavery is caused by gender inequality that allows the demand for sex slaves to flourish, the belief that there is no harm to purchasing the bodies of women and girls. In order to end slavery, Soroptimists use a multi-dimensional approach that includes raising awareness, assisting victims, preventing slavery from happening in the first place, and advocating for better laws and enforcement.

Live Your Dream. Sponsored by Soroptimist International, Live Your Dream.org is an innovative online volunteer network, a self-motivated community of people who wish to support women and girls in their quest to lead better lives, while gaining inspiration in their own lives. SIA believes that there is strength in numbers and that there is power in numbers, working together we can help others “Live their Dreams.”

Participants select a cause and course of action and SIA provides online tools to help achieve the goal. We give you the tools online to take action offline in your own community. It’s free and there is no commitment required. You can do what you want, when you want; whether it’s hosting your own awareness campaign or working one-on-one with a woman in need, you choose your own adventure! Learn more about “Live your Dream.”

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