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‘Good Women’ to take on human trafficking

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Members of Good Women International are from left, Anne-Marie Olsen, Gail Fong,, Beth Boehlke, Vici Downing, Co-Founder Mary Wollesen, Co-Founder Joanna Britt, Lorraine Plagge and Lee Lewis.

A small group of local Nevada County women, known as Good Women International, seeks to take the issue of human trafficking head on.

According to a news release from the group, on average, one American child will be abducted and trafficked in the sex trade every five minutes.

That works out to 274 children a day and 100,000 each year, the release states.

The group of ladies was initially united after viewing the film "Half the Sky" in a member's private home.

"They were all collectively astonished, to put it lightly, by the atrocities that still occur today against women and children," the release states.

"Setting their sights on a solution, they formed a nonprofit, Good Women, and established a responsible list of guidelines for their organization — guidelines that would be used to select a partner organization already working in the battleground to fight the trafficking of humans, as if they were a product."

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Good Women seeks to make it easy for the average person to lend a hand in stopping the problem. Through its focus on prevention through education, Good Women has researched and interviewed many organizations and has named its Organization of the Year, The A21 Campaign, of Costa Mesa, Calif.

"What we liked about A21 is that they are effectively working with victims to restore them to be functioning members of society, providing legal counsel for those victims with a 100 percent prosecution rate for the traffickers and actively working on prevention of sex trafficking of our children and young women through education," Good Women co-founders Joanna Britt and Mary Wollesen said in the release.

Good Women is endorsing The A21 Campaign, Bodies Are Not Commodities curriculum, which is slated to be in early high school social studies classrooms in 2014.

"Their program is not only innovative but aligns with the CORE requirements that will be instituted in all public high schools next year," the release states.

"In preparation of this anti-sex trafficking curriculum, A21 has, over the course of many months, met with superintendents and employees within the Department of Education, who readily accept their program."

Visit http:// supportgoodwomen.com for information.

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