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April 27, 2014 VOTB Concert Series

Photos below were taken during our fundraising event last Sunday in Toronto. We helped raise funds and awareness about walk-with-me.org. It was a great turn out and people were certainly affected by Timea Nagy from Walk With Me when she spoke about her personal story of being trafficked from Hungary to Toronto.

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Sandra Bouza at The Central. April 27, 2014

Come check out Sandra Bouza on Sunday April 27th at 5PM at The Central. 603 Markham Street in Toronto. 

She’ll be gracing us with her talents as she donates her efforts to raise funds for our cause and our partner Walk With Me (walk-with-me.org).

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Concert Against Sex Trafficking

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Legalizing Prostitution Will Harm Women

Please read a message below from the Canadian Member of Parliament, Joy Smith (www.joysmith.ca). You CAN do something to stop sex trafficking in Canada. Joy lists some simple acts you can do in her message. However, before you read it, here’s a FACT for you:

Countries that have legalized and regulated have seen sexual exploitation, human trafficking and violence towards women and girls increase drastically. In fact, a 2012 comprehensive  study of a cross section of up to 150 counties revealed that legalizing prostitution increased sex trafficking. In contrast, countries like Sweden and Norway, which have adopted the Nordic model of prostitution, have seen a significant decrease in prostitution and sex trafficking. The Nordic model of prostitution is effective due to its three approaches: explicitly criminalizing the purchase of sexual services, a national awareness campaign to educate the public that the purchase of sexual services is harmful to women, and finally strong support programs for those who seek to exit prostitution.

Joy Smith’s message:
Friends,
Today, Canada’s prostitution laws have been struck down as unconstitutional. Although losing these offences poses a grave threat to the safety and security of women and vulnerable populations, we must move forward and urge Parliament to redraft the laws in a way that reflects the Nordic approach.
We have 12 months to educate Canadians and Parliamentarians that targeting the buyers of sex and not prostituted women is the only option that reflects the inequality and violence prostitution places on women.
I want to encourage you to consider taking up one or all of the following Action Points:
  1. Forward this these Action Points to your friends and networks.
  1. Download and sign a petition calling on Parliament to implement the Nordic model. Petition can be downloaded here:http://www.joysmith.ca/assets/petition%20swedish%20model%20of%20prositution%20-%20eng%20-%20final%20-%20large%20font.pdf
  1. Write a letter to the Prime Minister of Canada and the Justice Minister of Canada and your MP asking for legislation that reflects the Nordic model and protects women.
Letters can be addressed to:
        The Right Honourable Stephen Harper, P.C., M.P.
Prime Minister of Canada
313-S Centre Block
House of Commons
Ottawa, ON  K1A 0A2
        The Hon. Peter MacKay, P.C., Q.C., M.P.
Minister of Justice
Attorney General of Canada
House of Commons
Ottawa, ON  K1A 0A6
Name of Your MP
House of Commons
Ottawa, ON  K1A 0A6
  1. Educate and raise awareness about the harm prostitution causes to women and youth. One great way is to host a screening of Red Light Green Light in your community.

Voices of the Broken Rock Concert on May 25th

Come raise our voices against sex trafficking with The Hammer Antics at The Central (603 Markham St.) in downtown Toronto. Check out their song below for a taste of what’s to hit us that day.

The Hammer Antics are a local band from Hamilton so come show your support for the cause and for the band who has graciously agreed to donate their time and energy.

National Human Trafficking Awareness Day

Today is the National Human Trafficking Awareness Day in the US. I had started this blog back in 2011 after being seeing for the first time the video below. Before that day, I had never heard of sex trafficking or even thought of what human trafficking was. Me being part Cambodian, this particular video definitely struck a nerve.

Please check it out and know that this horror is not just happening in Asia. It’s occurring right in our own backyards here in North America.

If you are moved by this, please LIKE our Facebook page to learn more and see what you can do.

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Street Dreams movie

If you have 7 min. to spare, please take a look at this trailer about 2 guys making a difference and exposing the dark world of sex trafficking in Asia. It must’ve been frightening, dangerous, frustrating, heart-breaking for them to go through with this project and pretending to be predators, but this is what’s need to let the truth of what is really happening come out. This is what is needed to turn ignorance or un-awareness into action. Looks like the DVD is only available in Australia and New Zealand now. Hopefully, it can be made available to the rest of the world soon.