A group of 15 women
who make up the Women’s Fund Giving Circle are on a mission to raise public awareness
around the issue of commercial sex trafficking. The group has researched the topic
and listened to panels of law enforcement officials, service providers and policy
makers talk about the problem. They’ve asked questions, attended legislative
hearings and gathered information about best practices. An original commitment
to study the topic for six months after hearing the first couple of speakers is
now approaching two years, with no end in sight.
The Women’s Fund Giving Circle was originally started 10 years
ago to promote philanthropy as members pooled their money to support and learn
about specific charities with programs for women. In recent months, their focus
has been on sex trafficking, and members are looking into how to best invest
their funds to have an impact.
“We hope that public awareness will be raised around this
issue and that coordinated action can be initiated to put into place policies
that will help prevent young girls and women from being victimized by pimps and
johns,” member Lorraine Chang said. “We also hope that coordinated action will
lead to greater services being available to help victims escape from their
exploitive situations, recover and assume successful, fulfilling lives.”
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