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In 2017, Albert and Deidre Pujols created Strike Out Slavery after learning that children and adults are being forced into labor and sex trafficking, which enslaves 45.8 million people in 167 countries and it’s on the rise in the United States. Albert Pujols stated “We are grateful for Major League Baseball teams and the players who use their influence to educate fans about modern-day slavery. Despite the pervasiveness of human trafficking worldwide, and a lack of awareness in undermining efforts to prevent its growth; We created Strike Out Slavery to educate baseball fans in a family friendly environment and encourage them to connect with a network of non-profit organizations to learn more about the issue of human trafficking and to be inspired to take action.” In addition, Deidre has also founded Open Gate International an organization that assists the vulnerable populations such as survivors of human trafficking to help them heal and reintegrate back into society by providing alternative training and employment.
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