The women of Soroptimist International work to improve the lives of women and girls in local communities and throughout the world. Here in Snohomish County, Soroptimist International of Marysville is working to educate the community about sexual exploitation of our youth--not only the very real incidents of sex trafficking but coercion, abuse and exploitation of our children.
A community awareness event addressing human trafficking, co-sponsored by Soroptimist International of Marysvlle and Marysville Council of PTAs, is set for April 10 at 7 p.m. at the Marysville-Pilchuck High School auditorium.
"This is not just a worldwide problem, but one that is happening right here in our community," said Renae James, president of Marysville Soroptimists. "This modern-day form of slavery is a new type of global slave trade. Perpetrators prey on the most weak among us, primarily women and children, for profit and gain. They lure victims into involuntary servitude and sexual slavery. We need to be aware of the problem and do what we can to make sure our children aren't the victims."
Learn about about the potential problem of teens being lured or forced into "the life" and hear from three powerful speakers who have firsthand, local knowledge of this problem. Paula Newman-Skomski, a forensic nurse examiner from Providence Intervention Center for Assault and Abuse, and will speak about some of the cases she has already dealt with in Snohomish County. Azra Grudic is an advocate specialist for the Providence Intervention Center for Assault and Abuse and will share her experiences and knowledge. Finally, Sarah Collins is a mother who has lived the problem as her daughter, who is a sex trafficking victim, is still missing.
The event is free and open to the public.