Yogis unite to end sex trafficking


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Off the Mat NYC, an activism through yoga organization, has partnered with The Somaly Mam Foundation to create The Yoga Freedom Project, a month-long effort to provide awareness and education, and to raise funds for organizations dedicated to ending sex trafficking. If it’s your first time or you’re a regular, January is filled with yoga classes and events you can participate in to support a good cause.

Money raised during this month will go back to the Somaly Mam Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to the eradication of sex trafficking and modern-day slavery and the empowerment of its survivors. The foundation supports victim services, empowerment programs — such as job skills and education — and advocacy and awareness campaigns.

Click here to check out the event schedule. Sign up, do some yoga and feel good inside and out. Also, learn how you can get involved in the Yoga Freedom Project.

To end the month-long project, there will be a huge Yoga Event and celebration in New York City on Jan. 31, featuring such famous local yogis as Elena Brower, Dana Flynn, Cyndi Lee, Jodie Rufty, Alan Finger, Sri Dharma Mittra, Sierra Bender, Tricia Donegan and Suzanne Sterling. Click here for event details and to purchase tickets.

In Los Angeles, there will be a special yoga event featuring mind-body psychotherapist Ashley Turner, Somaly Mam Foundation speaker Jessica Diep and Pranic Healer April Ritchey on Jan. 21. Click here for more information and to order tickets.

Sex trafficking stats*
- Sex trafficking is the third biggest criminal industry after drugs and arms trafficking.
- It is a $32 billion industry.
- An estimated 12-15 million men, women and children are trafficked for commercial sex or forced labor around the world today. (This is a general trafficking statistic, not specifically sex)
- 600,000-1 million children and women are trafficked across borders each year for sexual servitude.
- The average age of a sex trafficked victim is 12-14 years old.

* Source: Yoga Freedom Project