September 9-10, 2012
50th Annual International Association of Women Police Training Conference (St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador) – Speakers include Commander Andre Baker and MP Joy Smith. For more information, click here.
September 15, 2012
3rd Annual [free-them] Freedom Walk (Toronto) – Free family-friendly event. There will be activities for children before the walk. Honorary attendees include MP Joy Smith, MP Terence Young, Timea Nagy (sex trafficking survivor), Katarina MacLeod, and RCMP Constables Lepa Jankovic and Hussam Farrah. For more information, click here.
September 27, 2012
Ratanak Fundraising Banquet – “Be The Change” (Ottawa) – For more information, click here.
October 26, 2012
Maple Leaf Alberta Projects 4th Annual Fundraising Gala (Edmonton, Alberta) – Featuring Keynote Speaker Joy Smith. Tickets are $50. For more information, contact Pauline Lysak at 780-434-4826.
November 4-7, 2012
Together Let’s Stop Traffick - International Police Training Institute (Ottawa) – Collaborative workshops and information-sharing sessions. High-profile speakers will deliver 10-minute presentations, highlighting the views, latest anti-human trafficking activities, and best practice in use by a wide spectrum of law enforcement agencies, victim support groups and non-governmental organizations. For more information, click here.
In other news
Canada recently took another step towards eliminating human trafficking within its borders, with the coming into force of a new component of the Safe Streets and Communities Act (Bill C-10).
This component (“protecting children from sexual predators") amends the Criminal Code to add several new offences, including mandatory prison sentences for people accused of “grooming,” a practice consisting in providing sexually explicit material to a child to manipulate them into the sex trade.
To read the entire Safe Streets and Communities Act, visit www.parl.gc.ca.