Perrin Launches National Public Awareness Campaign to End Modern-Day Slavery
Description: Assistant Professor Benjamin Perrin is launching a seven-city awareness campaign about human trafficking running from Oct. 5-27, 2010 across the country. The campaign also has an online component with a new interactive website.
Date: 15 September 2010
Assistant Professor Benjamin Perrin is launching a seven-city awareness campaign about human trafficking running from Oct. 5-27, 2010 across the country. The campaign also has an online component with a new interactive website.
The campaign is particularly timely with human trafficking making national headlines this month. It also coincides with the publication of Prof. Perrin’s upcoming book Invisible Chains: Canada’s Underground World of Human Trafficking (Viking Canada), slated for publication on October 5. The book is a shocking expose and impassioned call to action based on an extensive three-year investigation into the problem.
With the support of the Maytree Foundation and UBC’s Liu Institute for Global Issues, the campaign’s website was launched this week at: www.endmoderndayslavery.ca. The site offers information about human trafficking, details about the launch of Invisible Chains and events across the country taking place to raise awareness about the problem and support local organizations that assist victims.
“Human trafficking is an insidious form of modern-day slavery in our communities,” said Perrin who was honoured in 2009 as a “hero” acting to end human trafficking by the U.S. State Department in its annual Trafficking in Persons Report – the only Canadian to receive the honour to date.
“Only when many more Canadians learn about the ruthlessness of traffickers and the help that victims need can we confront this hidden national tragedy,” said Perrin.
For details about the Oct. 18 evening event in Vancouver and to RSVP, please visit: http://invisiblechains-vancouver.eventbrite.com/