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Nanaimo Airport steps up efforts to guard against human trafficking

Airport partners with country musician on ‘Not in My City’ campaign
Nanaimo Airport is partnering with an organization called Not in My City to raise awareness about human trafficking and to try to prevent it. (News Bulletin file photo)

Human trafficking won’t happen on planes going to and from Nanaimo if the airport can do anything about it.

The Nanaimo Airport announced this week that it is a partner in a ‘Not in My City’ campaign to spread awareness to staff and travellers about human trafficking.

Not in My City’s intentions are to not only raise awareness, but also to lead collective action to “prevent, disrupt and end sexual exploitation and trafficking,” according to press release.

Nanaimo Airport, or YCD, has implemented a Not in My City educational course as part of staff training, and information including risk factors to watch for and emergency contact numbers will be posted at the terminal and on the airport website and shared with airport partners.

“YCD is committed to playing an active role in creating a safe environment for all those who travel through our airport,” said Dave Devana, president and CEO of the Nanaimo Airport Commission, in the release.

Country musician Paul Brandt, the creator of Not in My City, said in the release that he offers heartfelt thanks to Nanaimo Airport for its efforts in illuminating issues of human trafficking and sexual exploitation.

“Embracing YCD as a partner in transport will play a significant role in fighting against human trafficking within Canada, an issue that affects young girls and women profoundly,” Brandt said.

Anyone who believes they are witnessing or experiencing human trafficking or sexual exploitation can call the Canadian Human Trafficking Hotline at 1-833-900-1010, or 911 if there is immediate danger.

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