I invited 60 incredible writers and entrepreneurs to write one essay and compiled them all in one book that will have one big mission: to fight sex trafficking. It's happening all over the world and with over 27 million people enslaved more than any other time in the world, we must all stand up for freedom. I have the honor of bringing a straight up resounding call to action with a message, that hits straight to the core and you can join me.
As university and college students begin a new school year, I would like to encourage them to be on their guard against human trafficking recruiters. Canadian strip clubs and escort agencies continue to make headlines for their recruitment efforts of Canadian youth. The latest is from Windsor strip clubs that are going after university and college students with offers of covering their entire tuition. Those seeking to recruit Canadian students into the sex trade are empowered by public apathy, and emboldened by indifference. Thus, I welcome the unequivocal action that the B.C. government has taken by writing to colleges and universities warning them of the very real threat of sex trade recruiters targeting their students.
Although the Olympic Games often bring a sense of unity, patriotism and heightened national pride, it also causes a rise in human sex trafficking as the market demand for sexual labour increases dramatically. I commend the British Government for the steps they're taking to help tackle human trafficking concerns and applaud them for appointing a police commissioner to deal exclusively with trafficking during the Games. But the sad reality is that women and girls will still be sexually exploited on the streets of London.
Poonam Thapa, a former sex slave in Nepal, is a jurist and educator for the World Children's Prize, a global initiative that teaches children in all parts of the world about their rights. Each year the WCP brings together a jury of 15 young people from all parts of the world. These children are experts in child rights thanks in part to training they receive, but more importantly, for many of them, because of their own life experiences as former child slaves, soldiers, refugees and street kids.