One of the Seven Grand Initiatives of the 2018-2020 General Federation of Women’s Clubs Administration is for 1000 Clubs to do a service project on Martin Luther King Day, January 21, 2019. With so much in the news about human trafficking the Parsippany Woman’s Club decided to help with the (S.O.A.P.) Save Our Adolescents from Prostitution) Project. After purchasing a case of 1,000 bars of soap, members of the club got together and put “hotline” labels on each bar of soap. The soap was then given to a representative from a local group that collaborates with the New Jersey Coalition Against Human Trafficking (NJCAHT) for distribution to area hotels.
S.O.A.P. stands for “Save Our Adolescents from Prostitution” and is a hands-on-outreach to fight sex trafficking at large events and in communities.
S.O.A.P. was founded by author, advocate and survivor, Theresa Flores. On her worst night, after being auctioned off to nearly two dozen men in a dingy, dirty, inner city Detroit motel, Theresa recalled the only item that would have reached out to her, a bar of soap. With that in mind, she created S.O.A.P. – Save Our Adolescents from Prostitution – to help reach out to other victims.
View this link to learn more about S.O.A.P. and how you can help.
WCPTH Club members: Front row; Ivy Ertle, Cathy Cerbo; Back row: Teri Would, Diana Freidinger, Betty Lagitch, Joan Garbarino, Lois Preis White and Janet Reilly