Improving the lives of Women and GirlsSoroptimist International of the Americas, Inc. Western Canada Region
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Stop Trafficking Initiative

Slavery’s New Face:
Sex Trafficking of Women and Girls

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 an “employer”; are dehumanized and treated as commodities; and are physically constrained and unable to move.

One type of slavery and exploitation that continues to proliferate at an alarming rate—and that has a particular relevance to women and girls—is sex trafficking/slavery.   Western Canada Region has chosen to highlight this issue as a Region project.  We have partnered with the Salvation Army to increase public awareness of the issue of Human Trafficking and have provided financial support to Deborah’s Gate, a shelter for victims of Human Trafficking.

For more information on Human Trafficking and Soroptimist initiatives to stop this crime, please follow the link below: