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Orion slave girls have been with Star Trek since, literally, the beginning of Trek. (This image is Vina, as slave girl, in The Cage.)

Okay, I know -- they're from Orion. But Orion is a constellation. And, while it's likely that in the original pilot, the name was used because it was recognizable, was the location discussed later in the series?

Was it a name used by non-native species because they were from a star within the constellation? Or are they not even from anywhere related to the constellation?

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    And more importantly, how do I get there?
    – djm
    May 29 '13 at 1:54

From http://en.memory-alpha.org/wiki/Orion_system

The Orion system was a star system and home of the Orion civilization. (VOY: "Good Shepherd")

According to Star Trek: Star Charts, on page 36, this system was, also, named Pi 3 Orionis. This system was located 26 light years from Earth. Furthermore, according to the same source, this system was located in the Beta Quadrant.

As per Wiki:

Pi3 Orionis (π3 Ori, π3 Orionis), formally designated Tabit, is a white F-type dwarf star approximately 26 light-years away in the constellation of Orion

So, they ARE indeed from Orion constellation according to Star Trek: Star Charts

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