Dec 2-International Day for the Abolition of Slavery

➢ 27 million slaves worldwide (Dr. Kevin Bales, author of “Disposable People”, and President of Free the Slaves)
➢ The modern day slave industry generates profits of 37.5 billion dollars each year (International Labour Organization).
➢ Slavery happens in 161 countries worldwide, including Canada. (United Nations Global Initiative to fight Human Trafficking)
➢ The average victim of human trafficking is 12-14 years old. (US Department of Justice)
➢ According to the United Nations Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons, especially women and children, defines human trafficking:
➢ “Trafficking in persons shall mean the recruitment, transportation, transfer, harbouring or receipt of persons, by means of the threat or use of force or other forms of coercion, of abduction, of fraud, of deception, of the abuse of power or of a position of vulnerability or of the giving or receiving of payment or benefits to achieve the consent of a person having control over another person, for the purpose of exploitation. Exploitation shall include, at a minimum, the exploitation of the prostitution of others or other forms of sexual exploitation, forced labour or services, slavery or practices similar to slavery, servitude or the removal of organs.”


– Tara Teng

Miss BC 2010-2011

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