Slaight Family Foundation donation boosts World Vision's efforts to end human trafficking in East Asia

Stopping Human Trafficking

MISSISSAUGA, ON, Feb. 20, 2015 /CNW/ - The Slaight Family Foundation has announced a generous $7 million donation to be split evenly among seven Canadian non-governmental organizations, including World Vision Canada. 

The $1 million gift will boost World Vision Canada's End Trafficking in Persons (ETIP) work in Cambodia, a country that is widely known as a source, transit and destination country for human trafficking. World Vision's work has supported over 97,000 people in three regions of the country since 2011, giving the agency a strong track record and high trust in the region. 

In certain regions of East Asia, human trafficking is rampant. Through force, threats or deceit, victims are placed in slavery or slavery-like conditions where their fundamental human rights are denied. Victims include babies, children, youth and adults. The diverse forms of trafficking include the sex industry, domestic servitude, fishing boats, factories, mines, construction sites, agricultural plantations, forced marriage, or babies who are abducted and sold for adoption. Traffickers include organized crime syndicates, parents, relatives, friends, partners and neighbours.

The donations aim to support Canada's efforts in global humanitarianism. The work of these NGOs will be supported over the next four years as they aim to create change in seven unique ways across the globe. 

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"The work these seven NGOs are doing is critically important. When we were selecting different organizations to partner with, it really came down to the versatility of these projects and the need for change in these regions," said Gary Slaight, President and CEO of Slaight Family Foundation. "We hope these gifts will benefit many people for years to come, and that we inspire others to support humanitarianism efforts on a global scale." 

"We are honoured with the generosity from the Slaight Family Foundation, these truly are gifts for the world," said Michael Messenger, Executive Vice-President & COO of World Vision Canada.

RESOURCES
World Vision Report on Human Trafficking
ETIP Photos
Slaight Foundation Event Photos
B-roll of Migrant Workers

World Vision is a Christian relief, development and advocacy organization dedicated to working with children, families and communities to overcome poverty and injustice. World Vision serves all people regardless of religion, race, ethnicity or gender. Visit our News Centre worldvision.ca

SOURCE World Vision Canada

For further information: Britt Hamilton - cell: 416-419-1321, Britt_Hamilton@worldvision.ca

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