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Project Futures

Inspired by Somaly Mam, a former Cambodian victim of sexual slavery, this event aims to raise awareness for and help combat global sex trafficking.
By Hilary Simmons
February 20, 2011
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By Hilary Simmons
February 20, 2011
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Protection from slavery is a fundamental human right; yet what constitutes contemporary forms of slavery is often controversial and unclear. We can comfortably shake our heads over situations akin to chattel slavery and collectively agree that to be the owner of another person is wrong, but circumstances of debt bondage, serfdom, forced marriage and forced sexual servitude do not fit neatly into the traditional concept of slavery.

Project Futures aims to increase awareness of human trafficking as the second largest organised crime in the world. Inspired by Somaly Mam, a former Cambodian victim of sexual slavery, Project Futures is a voluntary network of socially engaged individuals who organise fundraisers, parties, concerts, public presentations and media campaigns to fund programs dedicated to combating sex trafficking globally. Their objective is to give slavery a meaning that extends beyond the limits set by the text, context and purpose of the 1926 Slavery Convention.

This Thursday, celebrate Project Futures' new partnership with the Somaly Mam Foundation as they expand to New York. In addition to enjoying canapes and cocktails, you will acknowledge the loss of free will and human dignity that victims of the 'modern day slave trade' suffer, and have the unique opportunity to meet Somaly Mam herself.

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