Friday, December 26, 2008

January 11th is National Human Trafficking and Modern Day Slavery Awareness Day

Soroptimist International Clubs of Sonoma,
Marin, and Mendocino Counties
c/o Soroptimist International of Santa Rosa
P.O. Box 933
Santa Rosa, CA 95402

Press Release

Human Trafficking in the Bay Area January 11th is National Human Trafficking and Modern Day Slavery Awareness Day

Human Trafficking is modern‐day slavery. The victims are among the most vulnerable members of society. It is estimated that 70% of trafficked victims are women and children who are forced into hard labor and sexual slavery. The US Government estimates that 700,000 to 2 million women and children are trafficked across borders each year to be used as illegal labor or sex workers.

California is the top destination for human traffickers according to a report released by the state’s anti‐human trafficking task force. According to task force members, the problem goes far beyond the sex trade and extends to migrant farm and construction workers, household employees, and workers in motels and restaurants.

The report’s findings, along with acknowledgements by Sonoma County Officials, convincingly show that Human Trafficking is present in our communities here in the North Bay!
On Sunday January 11th, 2009, Soroptimist International clubs in Sonoma, Marin, and Mendocino counties are bringing awareness of this issue to citizens and agencies in the North Bay. This event will be a continuation of a coordinated movement toward prevention of Human Trafficking.

The PBS Documentary “Sex Slaves” will be featured followed by a panel discussion with law enforcement agencies and local organizations who are currently fighting the battle against Human Trafficking. The panel discussion will be moderated by Monique Lessan, a state licensed Private Investigator, owner of Eye Investigate, specializing in recovery of abducted children and runaways.

Finley Community Center
2060 West College Ave
Santa Rosa, Ca 95401
Time: 3:00‐6:00 pm
Reservations required – Admission is free
• Email: or call: 707‐996‐7517 or 858‐568‐4972

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