Toronto Island to Become Red Light District?

Some concerned HFTS readers recently sent me articles about a shocking proposal coming from Toronto Councillor Giorgio Mammoliti:  the creation of a red light district on Toronto Island.  This really should not come as a surprise, as a regulated brothel district was one of Mammoliti’s central campaign tenets in his (cut-short) run for mayor last […]

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Friday Encouragement: Firework Cover by Mike Tompkins!

My friend’s husband, Mike Tompkins, is a creative beat boxer who does some amazing covers.  We’ve all heard this one on the radio by Katy Perry, but Mike adds his own creativity to Firework and really makes it come alive!  Today I dedicate this song to abolitionists and survivors of sex trafficking: keep lighting up […]

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Do John Schools Work? My Interview with Ian Mitchell of Vancouver’s Prostitution Offenders Program – Part I

One term that has come up repeatedly in my trafficking research is ‘john school,’  which is an educational intervention program that provides men who are caught paying for sex with information about the realities of prostitution. The first john school was established in San Francisco in the 90’s, and since then several major cities across […]

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Freedom Week 2011 in Pictures

For those of you who missed it, here are some pictures from Freedom Week in BC (courtesy of Tara Teng).  I hope it inspires you to get behind the movement to end human trafficking! Through Their Eyes Theatre/Dance Performance Jamie McIntosh from International Justice Mission Canada Miss Canada Tara Teng addressing the crowd Petition for […]

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Book Review: The Whistleblower – Sex Trafficking, Military Contractors, and One Woman’s Fight for Justice by Kathryn Bolkovac

I just finished reading the riveting true story of Kathryn Bolkovac, author of The Whistleblower: Sex Trafficking, Military Contractors, and One Woman’s Fight for Justice. Here is an excerpt from the back cover: When Nebraska police officer and divorced mother of three Kathryn Bolkovac saw a recruiting announcement for private military contractor DynCorp International, she […]

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Should Canada Legalize Prostitution? Panel Discussion with Gunilla Ekberg, Lee Lakeman & Trisha Baptie

If you have watched our film on sex trafficking in Canada, you will recognize the “Swedish model” as a strategy that has worked to curb sex trafficking and the exploitation of women in Sweden.  In 1999 Swedish government criminalized the purchase of sexual services and decriminalized those selling it, ensuring that men would be held responsible […]

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TRADE Trailer: A Movie About Sex Trafficking

Five years ago I was at a leadership conference in Atlanta, and out of 10,000 people received 1 of 100 tickets to pre-screen a film called TRADE.  This movie changed my life. Since then sex trafficking has been the issue that refuses to release me from its grip. In my opinion, out of all the […]

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Take a Stand to End Slavery: Join the Movement

Yesterday was the 100th anniversary of International Women’s Day, and I got to start my morning by being interviewed for CBC radio regarding my post on Ontario’s Sexual Violence Action Plan.  It is great that interest is increasing worldwide for this issue! Later in the day I went to Victoria to see a panel presentation […]

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