Sexual Exploitation- the Legal Debate

 Sexual Exploitation- the Legal Debate

The laws that guide communities to uphold the safety and well-being of all its citizens shouldn’t be ignored, forgotten, or discarded. With a rising awareness of human trafficking, sex trafficking and sexual exploitation included, there continues to be great debate over decriminalization or legalization of the selling of sexual services by a 3rd party, as well as the purchase of sexual services.  Whether a person winds up in the sex trade by choice, circumstance or coercion, there should be laws in place to protect exploited persons and communities from further degradation, violence or abuse.

Because She's a Girl

Because She's a Girl

Today (October 11th) is the "National Day of the Girl Child” as the United Nations declared back in 2012. Its aim is to celebrate girls around the world while highlighting the many injustices in the world that affect females globally. It's necessary to remove different types of social discrimination and exploitation that girls generally face in life.

Recognizing the Signs

Recognizing the Signs

Earlier this year, the A21 organization (Based out of the US) launched their campaign “Can You See Me?” with videos depicting various forms of exploitation and trafficking. Their slogan “Modern Day Slavery Exists” If you suspect it, report it (along with a 1-800-THE-LOST phone line for The National Centre for Missing and Exploited Children). Media can grab our attention and stir up emotion, but what is most important is that we recognize the signs and take action.

Actions Speak Louder- Act Now Canada!

Actions Speak Louder- Act Now Canada!

"Canada's anthem declaring the ‘true north, strong and free’, may proclaim equality for all, but we are far from that desired vision. God created us to live in freedom, unity and equality."

The question is: do we live by that vision in our own lives, families and communities?

Sexual Exploitation and Trafficking is a reality we cannot deny any longer as a nation. This is pure evil that has been tolerated or ignored and this simply cannot be a social justice issue we wish away. The "hear no evil, speak no evil, see no evil" adage doesn't hold any weight when it comes to creating sustainable change, but rather it perpetuates the abuses. Rather, we must embrace the truth that actions speak louder than words. We encourage all Canadians to do their part to end human trafficking!