The Candy Shop: Creepy Fairytale/Movie with a Powerful Message about Human Trafficking

I still have goosebumps after watching this trailer for the upcoming release of The Candy Shop, a fairytale-style short film about child sexual exploitation. The line that gripped me? “If there wasn’t such a need, there wouldn’t be so much business, now would there?” Reminds me of something Benjamin Perrin said Monday night at the […]

Benjamin Perrin launches Invisible Chains in Vancouver: the first book on human trafficking in Canada

I sat in the lobby with a few others, making notes, while Benjamin Perrin, UBC Law professor launched his brand-new book Invisible Chains: Canada’s Underground World of Human Trafficking at the Chan Centre last night. Not getting a seat, even though I pre-registered, was still worth it. (I was able to go in during the […]

Human Trafficking: What will we tell History?

The United Nations launched a Global Plan of Action against human trafficking yesterday. What really got my attention, however, is this remark by General Assembly President Ali Treki (emphasis added): “As this heinous crime flourishes, thousands of men, women and children are robbed of their safety, their freedom and their dignity. Human trafficking devastates families […]

If Craigslist is like Wal-Mart for human trafficking, we each have an important decision to make.

Right now I’m looking to buy a bike, sell a kid’s toy and find a water table for my son. I admit, the easiest, most convenient way is to click on Craigslist. According to today’s CNN report, about 50 million Americans use the site “for everything from buying used lawn furniture to finding a job or […]

Real World Miracles. Or: AIDS: Reverse your Perception

Last month this Topsy Foundation television commercial by Ogilvy Johannesburg and Egg Films won a Gold Lion award at the 57th Cannes Lions International Advertising Festival. It tells the true story of Selinah, an AIDS sufferer who experiences the ravaging effects of her disease being reversed over a period of 90 days through the administration of […]