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Duncan woman working to end exploitation

They're hard truths to acknowledge, hard to talk about and sometimes harder still to hear.

But it's impossible to deny the harsh realities of the lives of millions of little girls and women around the world  even in the United States  uncared for and living in poverty, trafficked as prostitutes, sometimes bought and sold like common property.

At least that's the way DeAnna Sanders sees it. That's why the Duncan woman has devoted herself in recent years to helping coordinate efforts of the worldwide organization She is Safe (SIS), and why she has arranged upcoming visits to Duncan and Lawton by SIS founder and president Michele Rickett.

It's actually probably in error to refer to "the lives" of girls and women in parts of the world, like in pockets of Indonesia where Sanders has traveled and focused her efforts, where so many never have any real chance at lives with any semblance of freedom or dignity.

SIS, a nonprofit based in Georgia, estimates there are as many as 27 million females around the world in countries like Egypt, Sudan, Syria and China held of such little value that they're commonly berated even by their own family members, beaten, raped or left to fend for themselves.

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