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The Trafficked Human campaign is guided by the mission to educate and raise awareness of the law around exploited and trafficked individuals in Canada. We all have a responsibility to report to law enforcement any evidence of the exploitation of women and youth. Human trafficking is modern day slavery and cannot be tolerated; we can protect trafficked humans by equipping ourselves with knowledge to bring down the root cause of sexual exploitation – demand.

For more information, visit thetraffickedhuman.org.

World Day against Trafficking in Persons

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World Day against Trafficking in Persons is an official United Nations observance held on July 30. It was established in 2013 by the UN General Assembly. The observance focuses on raising awareness of human trafficking and the importance of stopping it.

At any given time, about 2.5 million people are affected by human trafficking. Almost every country in the world is involved in trafficking, whether as a country of origin, destination or transit for human trade victims.

World Day against Trafficking in Persons aims to raise awareness of the situation of men, women and children who have fallen victims to human trafficking and to promote and protect their rights.

Please join us and encourage your family and friends to take part in our global campaign. Read more.

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The Anti-Human Trafficking Coalition is working to eliminate the exploitation of women, youth and girls. The coalition supports Canada’s new law criminalizing those who purchase sex or who profit from the sale of another’s body. We recognize the social harm that results from prostitution, as well as the fact that women and children are most negatively impacted. Further, it is indisputable that johns, pimps and procurers take an inordinate toll on the lives of First Nations’ girls, youth and women; their predation on these communities, and on all communities, must stop.

Visit their website at thetraffickedhuman.org or their facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/thetraffickedhuman/ to learn more about the issue and how you can take action!

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The first joint event by the Richmond Young Adults and Canadian Martyrs held on May 6, 2016 at St. Paul’s Parish tackled the issues of human trafficking and what can be done about it. Featuring Sister Nancy Brown and Gwendoline Allison from the Anti Human Trafficking Committee, a short film entitled Chosen was shown followed by a lively discussion.
For more information and to book a FREE screening, click here.

Pope Francis’ 2015 World Peace Day Message

The Vatican announced that Pope Francis’ 2015 World Peace Day message will focus on human trafficking. Read more.

RCAV anti human trafficking study group summary

The introduction of Bill C-36, the Protection of Communities and Exploited Persons Act, is a positive step towards a society which recognizes the dignity and equality of all persons, and opposes the commodification of the human body.

The bill is solid in its framework, notably the recognition that violence is inherent in prostitution and the social problems that contribute to the exploitation of prostituted persons.

The criminalization of those who purchase sex, or who profit from the sale of another’s body, reflects the recognition of the social harm that results from prostitution, as well as the fact that women and children are most negatively impacted.  Further, it is indisputable that johns, pimps and procurers take an inordinate toll on the lives of First Nation girls, youth and women; their predation on these communities, and on all communities, must stop.

We do have concerns with Section 213, which make it an offence for solicitation to occur anywhere in public near where one can “reasonably expect” to find persons under 18 or where prostituted persons stops or attempt to stop any motor vehicle.  We feel that this section does not fully respect the dignity of all prostituted persons and that criminalizing exploited persons opposes the spirit of the bill.

The funding pledged towards assistance for persons to exit prostitution is a concrete step towards the goal of ending the exploitation of women and children.  In order for this legislation to be implemented successfully, we urge the government to make specific provision for a public education strategy to instil a culture of respect for human dignity, in particular vulnerable women and youth.

The passing of an amended bill is a step towards a Canadian society that respects the primacy of human dignity and the fundamental equality of even the most vulnerable members of our community.

Archdiocese Anti Human Trafficking Committee


Press Release

Archbishop J. Michael Miller, CSB is urging the B.C. government to reconsider its decision not to prosecute prostitution-related offences following last year’s Supreme Court of Canada ruling that the laws are unconstitutional. Read more here pdf.

Pastoral Letter

On May 22, 2014, Archbishop J Michael Miller, CSB issued a pastoral letter to the Catholic faithful in the Archdiocese of Vancouver about a serious threat to the moral fabric of Canadian society: the possible decriminalization of sexual exploitation through prostitution by its buyers and profiteers.  This Pastoral Letter examines what the Catholic faithful can do as a community and a nation to answer the needs of girls, youth and women who are prostituted. Read more here pdf.

In February 2014, the B.C. and Yukon Catholic Bishops issued a letter urging governments to strengthen their resolve in prosecuting traffickers and called on them “always to serve the integral promotion of the human person both at home and abroad.” Read more here pdf.

For more information on the Archdiocese’s Anti Human Trafficking Initiatives, please click on any of the following links below.

 

Anti Human Trafficking Main Page | Bill C-36 | Initiatives against Trafficking | Film Screenings | Resources on Anti Human Trafficking

 


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