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    September 2016

    Canada both host and supplier for human trafficking

    Canada is a recipient of boys and girls captured by human traffickers, but it is also a source.

    “Any parent should be aware of this,” said Soroptomist International of Saskatoon president Laura Van Loon.

    The Soroptomists are hosting a public event tonight at 7 p.m. at the Broadway Theatre called “Stop Human Trafficking in Saskatoon.” Former Member of Parliament Joy Smith will speak about her more than decade-long crusade around the issue. Van Loon said Smith recently returned from the United Nations and will share her insights with the audience.

    “This is a crime that reaches all elements of our society,” Smith said in a written statement.

    Van Loon said children, most between the ages of 12 and 14, are trafficked around the world for up to $250,000 each. Many of those vulnerable children are taken from poor countries and end up working as sex slaves in Canada.

    Canadian youth are also victims of the practice and end up shipped abroad. Van Loon notes human trafficking ranks as one of the most profitable illegal activities worldwide, generating billions for smugglers.

    The Soroptimists have placed anti-human trafficking work as one of their top priorities. The service organization includes 80,000 members in 132 countries.

    “We’re trying to educate the public,” Van Loon said.


    Published: Januart 10th, 2016

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