Both Resolution 2004.05 End Trafficking of Children and in Resolution 2008.01 Preventing Human Trafficking at 2010 Olympics have been archived as the end result has been accomplished. Great work!
League members have made many organizations and people throughout the world aware of human trafficking, and many people are working to help trafficked victims return to a normal lifestyle. In 2012, the federal government ratified the Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on the sale of children, child prostitution and child pornography.
Although League members have much to be proud of, the problem of trafficking and prostitution still exists in today’s society. On September 15, 2014, a Vancouver man was convicted of 30 charges including human trafficking. He was convicted of luring teenage girls into prostitution, living off the avails of a juvenile, sexual assault and sexual interference. He recruited at-risk girls using promises of drugs, booze an
d the companionship of a pet dog. This is believed to be the first conviction in British Columbia. Pope Francis is a source of encouragement as he defends the rights of trafficked victims and he calls us to action as he reminds us of this terrible slavery and global phenomenon that continues to grow in different ways. We need to be aware and continue to pray that the perpetrators will be caught and dealt with.
Networking with other groups helps us keep informed on actions that are happening throughout Canada and the world.
Pictures from Canada-Justice for First Nations; Sister Pierrette Boissé, CND – CND Representative against Human Trafficking Oct. 2014.