EFC releases human trafficking resource
By Mags Storey | Friday, November 27, 2009
OTTAWA, ONThe Evangelical Fellowship of Canada has introduced a resource to help educate young people about Canada's role in global human trafficking.
"Not So Ancient: Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery" takes a vibrant and bite-sized look at the causes and implications of human trafficking, including Canada's role as a source, transit location and destination.
It is the first booklet in EFC's new Activate series, aimed at equipping Christian young people.
"There is a very vibrant group of young Canadian evangelicals who are looking for ways to put their faith into action," says Julia Beazley of EFC. "We are trying to put tools into their hands and equip them with the right information [so that] they can let the government know they are concerned, discuss within their churches or partner with other organizations to help victims of human trafficking right here in Canada."
The RCMP estimates about 600 women and children are brought into Canada illegally each year for the sex trade, while another 800 are brought in illegally for domestic work. Canada is also a transition route for some of the estimated 12.3 million people worldwide who are either forced laborers or in the sex trade.
"Statistics are hard to find," Beazley says, "because it is an underground problem."
EFC has also recently launched a new blog to help people keep up to date on issues the organization is tracking and interact with them in meaningful ways.