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Seminar looks at trafficking

Human trafficking, one of the world’s largest criminal activities, exploits and illegally forces people into labour.

In a modern day form of enslavement, children as young as nine are deceived, threatened, sold and used.

The Criminology Student’s Association and the Rights and Democracy Club at Vancouver Island University and Haven House Society are hosting a lecture to help expose the reality of human trafficking. It takes place Tuesday (March 6) at 6 p.m. in Bldg. 200, Rm. 203 at VIU.

Cpl. Jassy Bindra, human trafficking coordinator for the RCMP, is the keynote speaker covering topics including: action government is taking to combat the trafficking of people; how the public can recognize when someone is being trafficked; and how society can contribute to the prevention and abolishment of sexual slavery in Canada.

Matt Laing, association president, said it’s important for the community to be aware that human trafficking is happening, sometimes in their own neighbourhoods.

“It’s underground, but community members can learn to recognize the signs,” he said.

A beer and burger night fundraiser takes place March 8, at the Old City Pub. Proceeds go to the Haven Society which provide resources and support for abused women.

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