Singles auction benefits efforts to end human trafficking 2009: Heres Twist

Singles auction benefits efforts to end human trafficking

Main Here's a twist on efforts to stop human trafficking: Hold a to raise money for the Somaly Mam Foundation, an organization dedicated

to ending sexual slavery. On Valentine's Day, Seattle singles (10 women and 5 men) will auction themselves off in this 21-and-over event, an ironic idea by Ranny Kang -- a Renton account executive and Washington alum who turns 24 Saturday. She said, "My life was inches away from hitting rock bottom. Guided by good people in my life and a desire for change, I set a goal for myself to plan a charity event for an organization that helped and empowered women." All proceeds go toward the Somaly Mam Foundation. To make your contribution go further, PayPal users with cash in their accounts can send payments to andrewvisionshockseattle.com. This eliminates the transaction fee that Paypal charges to business accounts (2.9% +.30) From the event's Facebook page: About the cause: 2-4 million young women and children will be sold into prostitution within the next 12 months. Many of these children are sold into sexual slavery for as little as $10 and some are as young as 5-years old in a multi-billion dollar industry. These victims are subject to rape, torture, forced abortions, starvation and even threats to family members. Many will die of AIDS. This is a reality that exists throughout the world.

About the Somaly Mam Foundation: The Somaly Mam Foundation is a 501(c)3 nonprofit public charity committed to ending slavery. With the vision and leadership of world renowned Cambodian activist, Somaly Mam, the foundation focuses on eradicating the root of human trafficking, exemplifying a global vision and dedication that will allow its work in the United States and South East Asia to expand to other countries around the world.

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