The BPW Ontario District Directors are developing an Anti-Human Sex Trafficking Project for the province of Ontario. Goal: To increase public awareness of this issue specifically as it relates to girls under the age of 18.
At the 2018 BPW Ontario Conference, Heather Ellis, BPW Ontario First Vice-President and BPW Ontario Resolutions/By-Laws Chair, introduced the project to the BPW Ontario members. She also introduced Kelly Franklin Executive Director of Farmtown Canada/Courage For Freedom and a BPW London member. Kelly shared with the BPW Ontario members the work she and others are doing to serve girls who have been trafficked in the sex trade. Farmtown Canada will be leading this project with BPW Ontario.
The awareness campaign will engage Ontarians using the 400 series highway ONroute Service Centres using video displays at these Centres over the summer of 2019. The campaign will involve:
- Positive messages to travelers about human trafficking and include a number to call if they should suspect an individual being trafficked along this highly used corridor.
- Messages to those being trafficked that there are people in Ontario who care about and will help them and the numbers to call for help.
Our hope that by raising awareness we directly help trafficked individuals by Ontarians reporting potential criminal activity. We hope this potential increased reporting will lead to arrests of traffickers. We also hope that by raising awareness, young women and their families will become more cautious and send a message to traffickers that Ontarians will not tolerate this immoral criminal behaviour.
We are looking for partners to assist in making this campaign a reality. This project will raise the profile of donors as an institution or person that contributes to a greater awareness of social issues affecting all individuals. In addition, the institution or person will be seen as a progressive and an advocate for vulnerable individuals.
Donations to the project can be completed via e-transfer, cheque or credit card. Click here for complete donation instructions.
The Faceless Rag Doll Initiative was presented at the Conference. This Initiative, will allow police to include the faceless rag dolls in the backpacks the girls receive when they are served (this term replaces "rescued" as the girls prefer the term "served'). The doll is something the girls can keep. Each club was given a rag doll at the conference to take back to their members and introduce the Anti-Human Sex Trafficking Project.
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@farmtowncanada @courageforfreedom @bpwontario