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Nooze Hounds: Lisvette Soto on Human Trafficking in Charlotte

Episode 88

Lisvette Soto, founder of Be You Outreach Foundation
Lisvette Soto, founder of Be You Outreach Foundation. (Photo by Ryan Pitkin)

On episode 88 of the Nooze Hounds podcast, I spoke with Lisvette Soto, founder of the Be You Outreach Foundation, an organization that she launched to empower girls and young women aged 14-20 through coaching workshops and consulting.

This year, she plans to launch a series of workshops including a 12-week “BE YOU” program that aims to help raise awareness about human trafficking for girls and women who may be the most vulnerable to it, recognizing the signs that someone may be targeting them, among other lessons.

Soto also hopes to educate parents about the importance of investing in the personal development of their teenagers and young adult children while learning about the risks that exist among minors related to human trafficking in the Carolinas.

“We realize that young ladies struggle daily with stress, bullying, cyberbullying, anxiety, depression, safety, drugs, alcohol and abuse,” said Soto. “We want to positively impact the lives of the young females in the Carolinas.”

On the podcast, Soto discusses how she has worked in the entertainment industry in Charlotte for 30 years, first hosting parties as co-founder of Soto’s Entertainment with her husband, Steffen, then producing the annual Latino Spring Fashion Show, which debuted in Charlotte in 2018.

“After doing modeling casting for our Latino fashion show in 2018 and 2019, we realized there was an opportunity for leadership, self-worth, and security training for young ladies in Charlotte,” Soto said.

In 2021, she got involved with various nonprofit organizations like On Eagles Wings Hope that do education and prevention work around human trafficking, including through their Youth 4 Abolition program, with which Soto has partnered for her upcoming BE YOU program.

Over the past 14 years, there have been nearly 6,000 victims of human trafficking in North Carolina. In four out of five cases, the identified victims are women. CMPD reported a 77% increase in human trafficking cases among minors alone between 2022 and 2023.

Be You Outreach Foundation will host the A Night of Impact fundraiser on June 7, 6:30-10 p.m., at the La Lux event venue, 4312 Monroe Road. Check the Be You website for more information.  

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