Campaign to end modern-day slavery reaches millions of Canadians

In October, UBC’s Prof. Benjamin Perrin travelled across the country to reach Canadians with the compelling call to action in his new book Invisible Chains: Canada’s Underground World of Human Trafficking.

Highlights from the campaign:

  • Nine public events in Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Winnipeg, Ottawa, Toronto and Montreal– reaching over 1,500 Canadians directly
  • Three press conferences (Toronto, Winnipeg, Ottawa) with a diverse coalition calling for greater action including the Canadian Police Association, Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs, non-governmental organizations, Joy Smith, MP, and activists
  • More than 100 media stories on television, radio, print and online media – coverage in every major national and regional media outlet
  • Provincial governments in B.C., Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, and Ontario and federal government called on Craigslist to shut down their erotic services section that has been infiltrated by sex traffickers
  • Dozens of MPs and Senators heard directly from Perrin and he also met with Prime Minister Stephen Harper as well as with Attorney General and Minister of Justice Rob Nicholson to make the case for a national plan. Official Opposition has called for a national action plan at the end of October
  • Invisible Chains made it on the bestseller list of the Calgary Herald, Montreal Gazette and Winnipeg Free Press, with excellent reviews
  • Proceeds from Invisible Chains have been donated to help survivors recover from their ordeals and are already having a positive impact in their lives.

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