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Soroptimist International of
Greater Bremerton Area

an Anti-Human Trafficking Initiative of
Soroptimist International of Greater Bremerton Area

Throughout the world, even in Washington State, people are forced to work as prostitutes, laborers, and other workers. Break Free Kitsap is an Anti-Human Trafficking Initiative of Soroptimist International of Greater Bremerton Area and aims to educate the public and raise much needed awareness about human trafficking in Kitsap County.

Spearheaded by our Greater Bremerton club, Break Free Kitsap was formed in 2011 as a coalition of community partners from across the County. In 2012, Break Free hosted documentary showings, training for law enforcement and other first responders, community presentations and forums throughout all of Kitsap County. Today, our club continues its mission of educating and raising awareness about trafficking by providing resource materials, and offering free community film viewings, workshops, presentations, and trainings.

A current listing of upcoming viewings and events are shown at right.

Sex Trafficking of Women and Girls (Source: www.liveyourdream.org)

Sex trafficking or slavery is forcing human beings into any form of commercial sexual exploitation. This includes pornography, prostitution and the sex trafficking of women and girls—characterized by the exploitation of a human being in exchange for goods or money.

Sex slavery is caused by inherent gender inequalities allowing the demand for sex slaves to flourish—the belief that women and girls are sexual objects that can be bought and sold.

Our Daughters, Mothers, Sisters, Friends

Think sex trafficking only occurs someplace far away from where you live? Think again. It exists around the globe and possibly, even in your hometown. Myla, a Soroptimist International Live Your Dream Awards recipient is a trafficking survivor. Here is her story.

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 escaped and after spending months on the streets and in jail in Malaysia, returned home to her family. With the help of the Soroptimist Live Your Dream Awards, Myla is now working toward a bachelor’s degree in business administration and rebuilding her life. 


STOP Sex Trafficking

To end sex slavery, we use a multi-dimensional approach including raising awareness, advocating for better laws and enforcement, and providing resources and programs like the Live Your Dream Awards to give survivors the opportunity to improve their standard of living for themselves and their families.

We believe there is strength in numbers to raise awareness about trafficking. Because with awareness comes power ... the power to finally put an end to sex slavery.

You can help stop trafficking by sharing the facts, raising awareness on a local and national level, and advocating for legislation that supports survivors. In addition, you can inspire survivors to change their lives by applying for the Live Your Dream Awards!


Learn More

Infographic: Sex Trafficking
Learn shocking statistics of the trafficking, understand modern day slavery and the damaging effects on women and girls.



BREAK FREE HAPPENINGS

Saturday
January 12, 2019

UNTOUCHABLE: Children of God

FREE Community Film Viewing of SEEfilm Cinemas, Bremerton
Doors Open at 10:00 a.m.
( visit event page for more info)


Wednesday
January 16, 2019

HUMAN TRAFFICKING 101

A training for community members
led by Kerri Pedrick, MSW,
Executive Director, Washington Trafficking Prevention
( visit event page for more info )

Modern day slavery and sex trafficking is real ... 35 million victims worldwide; several hundred from right here in
the State of Washington and the Pacific Northwest.

Anti-Human Trafficking Committee Chair

Pat Degracia
breakfree@bremertonsoroptimist.org

All inquiries are held
in strict confidence!


 

 

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Internal Revenue Code. As such, all contributions to the organization are fullty tax deductible to the extent allowed by law. Please consult a tax adviser.

 

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