ENSLAVED AND EXPLOITED: The Story of Sex Trafficking in Canada – Hope For The Sold
Published on Sep 26, 2012
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In October of 2006, my husband Jay and I attended a leadership conference in Atlanta, Georgia. Gary Haugen from International Justice Mission led one of the sessions, tackling the topic of modern day slavery.
At the end of the session, 100 tickets to pre-screen a movie called TRADE were given out. Out of 10,000 people that were in attendance, our group ended up with 6 tickets.
Little did we know our lives were about to change.
The film served as a rude awakening that human beings were being bought and sold all around the world.
Sex trafficking was a booming business, and slavery was far from abolished. I grew up in Africa where I had witnessed poverty and injustice in various forms, but a multi-billion dollar industry of rape for pay struck a chord with me unlike anything else ever had. As a woman, I could not imagine a worse fate.
Jay was filled with anger and deep sadness that men all over the world funded and fuelled such a sick and abusive trade.
So we decided to do something about it.
We came back home to Ontario and started an awareness campaign about sex trafficking.
Along with an amazing group of friends we organized banquets, art shows, concerts, and university events to spread the word. In 2009, we received a small grant from the Millennium Scholarship Foundation and drove 11,000 km across the country to make a documentary about sex trafficking in Canada.
Despite not having any experience with film making, Enslaved and Exploited: The Story of Sex Trafficking in Canada has been used as a resource by students, Members of Parliament, Border Service Officers, crisis shelter workers, professors, church leaders, and abolitionists.
Along with this, the Hope for the Sold blog reaches thousands of readers monthly and has served as a platform to discuss important issues surrounding sexual exploitation and to mobilize people for the cause.
In 2011 Hope for the Sold partnered with International Teams, giving HFTS organizational framework and the ability to provide tax receipts (find out more below). There is a second film on the horizon, which you can learn more about and support here!
RCMP, MURDER, HUMAN TRAFFICKING CANADIAN CORRUPTION
Published on Aug 3, 2012
RCMP,MURDER, HUMAN TRAFFICKING CANADIAN CORRUPTION, January 21, 2010,
Canadian police detail international child pornography arrests
Police Arrest 348 in Global Child Porn Investigation, Saving 386 Kids
‘Project Spade’ busted hundreds in Canada on Child Pornography
Published on Nov 14, 2013
Canadian police detail the smashing of a huge international child pornography ring involving the arrest of 65 Australians. .
UNREPENTANT: Kevin Annett and Canada’s Genocide (Documentary)
Published on Dec 7, 2013
This award winning documentary reveals Canada’s darkest secret – the deliberate extermination of indigenous (Native American) peoples and the theft of their land under the guise of religion.
This never before told history as seen through the eyes of this former minister (Kevin Annett) who blew the whistle on his own church, after he learned of thousands of murders in its Indian Residential Schools.
First-hand testimonies from residential school survivors are interwoven with Kevin Annett’s own story of how he faced firing, de-frocking, and the loss of his family, reputation and livelihood as a result of his efforts to help survivors and bring out the truth of the residential schools.
Best Director Award at the 2006 New York Independent Film and Video Festival, and Best International Documentary at the 2006 Los Angeles Independent Film Festival
LEARN MORE: http://kevinannett.com/
Produced By Louie Lawless, Kevin Annett and Lorie O’Rourke
The Highway 16 Disappearences & Murders (Documentary)
Published on Jun 19, 2013
The Highway of Tears murders is a series of unsolved murders and disappearances of young women along the 800 km (500 mi) section of Highway 16 between Prince George and Prince Rupert, British Columbia, Canada. Official sources list the number of victims at 18, but aboriginal leaders estimate the number could be as high as 43.
In 2009, police converged on a property in Isle Pierre, in rural Prince George, to search for remains of Nicole Hoar, a young tree planter who went missing on Highway 16, on June 21, 2002.
The property was once owned by Leland Vincent Switzer, who is currently serving a prison sentence for the second-degree murder of his brother.
The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) also searched the property for the other missing women from the Highway of Tears; however, no further actions followed the investigation.
On September 25, 2012, the RCMP announced a link between the murders and deceased United States criminal Bobby Jack Fowler.
His DNA was found on the body of Colleen MacMillen, one of the presumed victims. Investigators first compiled a DNA profile of the perpetrator in 2007, but technology available at the time did not yield a strong enough sample.
New technologies allowed police to reexamine the DNA in 2012, leading to the identification. Fowler is also strongly suspected to have killed both Gale Weys and Pamela Darlington in 1973.
The RCMP believe that he may have also killed as many as ten of the other victims.
Despite identifying Fowler as the killer in these cases, investigators are doubtful that they will ever solve all of the murders. They do have persons of interest in several other cases, but not enough evidence to lay charges.
Accusations of racism
Some critics argue that the lack of results arising from this investigation is the result of systemic racism. This was also believed to be an issue in the case of Vancouver’s Missing Women and the Robert Pickton Murders.
The issue of systemic racism in these cases is explored in “Finding Dawn”, the 2006 documentary by Christine Welsh whose film includes a section on the Highway of Tears’ victim Ramona Wilson, including interviews with family and community members.
Often overlooked in reports on the Highway of Tears is the fact that over half of the missing women are Aboriginal.
Proponents of the concept of systemic racism argue that media coverage of these cases has been limited, claiming that “media assign a lesser value to aboriginal women”.
Furthermore, despite the fact that these disappearances date back as far as 1969, it was not until 2005 that Project E-Pana was launched, investigating similarities between the cases.
In addition, the individual case which has received the most media and police attention thus far is that of Nicole Hoar, a Caucasian woman who disappeared in 2002.
Hers was the first of the Highway of Tears cases to be covered in the The Globe and Mail, Vancouver Sun, and Edmonton Journal. Gladys Radek, a native activist and the aunt of victim Tamara Chipman, “believes that if it weren’t for Hoar, the police would have invested less effort in investigating cases, and the media would have done little, if anything, to inform the public about the tragedies along the road.”