Burnaby Teachers' Association to Hold Panel on Human Trafficking During Olympic Games
As the city prepares itself to host the world for the Winter Olympics, The Burnaby Teachers’ Association is calling attention to an issue that they say goes hand-in-hand with major sporting events: human trafficking and the sex trade.
The group cites a history of sexual exploitation during major sporting events, including the 40,000 women and girls they say were trafficked into Germany around the World Cup in 2006, and the 95% increase in human trafficking cases at the Greece Summer Games in 2004.
BTA President Marianne Neill says, “Every society is on a continuum of sexualized violence and violent sexuality. The escalation of trafficking and the sex trade during the Olympics exposes a darker side of what is celebrated as a gathering of the ‘best in the world’."
The Social Justice Committee of the BTA will hold a public panel discussion on the topic of human exploitation and trafficking in the sex trade, and its relation to poverty. Panelists will include:
Robin Pike, the Executive Director of the Office to Combat Trafficking in Persons
Janneke Lewis, Lawyer and Activist
Representatives from Vancouver Rape Relief and West Coast LEAF – Women’s Legal Education and Action Fund.
The panel is open to everyone and will be held at Moscrop Secondary School Library on Tuesday, January 26th, 2010 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM. There is no admission fee.