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helping women and girls to live their dreams.
Myla was a poor single mother of two and primary care provider for her ill mother. When her neighbor asked her if she would like to work for her, Myla thought her prayers had been answered. She raised enough money to buy a plane ticket from the Philippines to Malaysia, where the alleged job was located. Once there, however, she realized she had been horribly deceived...
Myla was a victim of human trafficking—sexually abused, forced to take drugs, denied food for days. Fortunately, she was able to escape and after spending months on the streets and in jail in Malaysia, was able to return home to her family. With the help of the Women’s Opportunity Awards, Myla is now working toward a bachelor’s degree and rebuilding her life.
Millions of women and girls across the globe have stories that begin just like Myla’s. Sadly, few of these stories end happily. Often tricked into believing they are traveling for legitimate employment opportunities, these women are stripped of their human rights and bought and sold like objects. They face unendurable and unending pain and humiliation, and are trapped in a life of degradation and abuse. 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—the majority of whom are women and girls.
The goal of the Soroptimists STOP Trafficking project is to raise awareness about human trafficking and sex slavery, and ultimately end it. Here are several ways you can help:
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