Soroptimist International of Lake Oswego/West Linn applaud the Spokesman’s recent opinion (Aug. 14) educating the local community about the serious threat of the child sex trade industry, brought to light in a recently published PSU study.

“This scourge is not confined to the city of Portland or Multnomah County. Like homelessness, domestic abuse and so many other regional concerns, it is a problem that spills across jurisdictional boundaries, including into Clackamas County.”

Although it appears the average metro area resident may not be affected by child sex trafficking, we agree the PSU study provides shocking numbers supporting the reality that too many children, average age of 15, are reported victims of the sex- trafficking industry.

Soroptimist International is an international volunteer service organization working to improve lives of women and girls in local communities and throughout the world. Programs provide practical and sustainable solutions to some of society’s most entrenched problems such as illiteracy, domestic violence and sexual slavery/human trafficking.

Since 1972, Soroptimist International ha n $25 million in grants helping thousands of women reclaim their dreams of a better life for themselves and their families. On a local level, the Lake Oswego/West Linn Club is working to educate local residents of the existent problems and provide advocacy and funding support to local organizations working to help women and girls who are victims of domestic and sexual violence.

As part of local fundraising activities, all are invited to the third annual Soroptimist Harvest Festival on Saturday, Sept. 21, at Lee’s Berry Farms in Tualatin from 3 to 9 p.m. For details and to pre-purchase tickets, contact Melinda Wittman, 503-347-8723.

Learn more about how Lake Oswego/West Linn Soroptimists are working to address domestic and sexual violence against women and children, by contacting us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Joanna Williams is president of the Soroptimist International, Lake Oswego/West Linn Club.

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