Canadian Religious Conference Brings the Fight against Human Trafficking to High School Students

    OTTAWA, Jan. 13 /CNW Telbec/ - With the approaching Vancouver Winter
Olympics in 2010, the Canadian Religious Conference (CRC) is launching an
educational kit entitled: "We are a Global Village - Human Trafficking and the
2010 Olympics". Designed for high school students, this kit aims to educate
young people about the reality of human trafficking in all its forms and its
many causes.
    Statistics indicate that between 700,000 to 4 million women and children
are victims of human trafficking every year around the world making it a
global issue. As highly profitable businesses, the Olympics and all major
sporting events, provide a good opportunity to smuggle persons in a country
illegally for purposes of prostitution. Canada is not immune to human
    The "We are a Global Village" kit includes a DVD, a user guide and
teacher notes. The provided material will allow for a minimum of two class
periods. The kit can also be easily adapted to other groups of people willing
to become informed and involved in combating the trafficking in women and
    The Canadian Religious Conference, active in this fight since 2004
following an appeal from the International Union of Major Superiors (IUGS),
hopes this educational and awareness-raising kit will motivate young people
and their teachers to take on the fight against this global scourge. The more
the public is made aware, the more it will be possible to counter human
trafficking and those who seek it. This will also result in more pressure
being placed on governments to introduce measures to protect the victims of
    Statistics indicate that the average entry age for women into the murky
world of prostitution is between 14 and 16 years of age and that Canada is no
exception. By making young people aware of this and through understanding the
root causes that create a climate for human trafficking, it is hoped that
students will become actively committed to the battle against this modern day
form of slavery that is the second largest form of organized crime in the

    The Canadian Religious Conference is an association of 290 leaders of
Catholic religious congregations in Canada that according to the latest CRC
statistics are made up of 21,070 women and men religious.

For further information:

For further information: Louise Stafford, FSP, Communications Portfolio
Director, (514) 259-0856, ext. 109, Cell: (514) 606-0856,; Bill Kokesch, Communications Associate, Cell: (514)

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