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Arizona Cactus Pine-Honduras:
Uniting Against Human Trafficking
The Girl Scouts—Arizona Cactus-Pine Council and Girl Guides of Honduras are spearheading an international effort to stop the crime of human trafficking—and end the exploitation of girls and women.
Trafficked victims are forced to work against their will in conditions that are illegal, abusive, inhumane, and dangerous. Today, approximately 20,000 individuals are trafficked into the United States each year, and Arizona is one of the five biggest centers of human trafficking activity in the nation.
Educating and Empowering Their Communities
The girl team members of the Girl Scouts—Arizona Cactus-Pine Council attended numerous anti-human trafficking educational programs and then used the information to develop their own age-appropriate campaign. The girls have raised awareness about human trafficking in Arizona and globally by speaking/presenting at the following community meetings and events:
Working with their Honduran sisters, both groups devised and implemented money-earning activities to support their project, which included the creation and sale of bracelets. The girls utilize Facebook and Skype to exchange information and ideas about their efforts to educate and protect the girls and women living in their communities. They also designed a Web site: www.teensontrafficking.org.