Fight Trafficking When You Travel, Recommended Resources

• The Evangelical Fellowship of Canada offers the youth-oriented booklet Not So Ancient: Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery; a free educational video clip; and Human Trafficking: A Report on Modern-Day Slavery in Canada:

• Not for Sale: The Return of the Global Slave Trade – and How We Can Fight It by David Batstone (HarperSanFrancisco, 2007). Written from a Christian perspective, this gives an overview of modern slave trade on several continents and who’s doing what to combat it.

• The Natashas by Victor Malarek (Penguin, 2004). Looks primarily at the sex slave trade based in Eastern Europe but affecting Canada. Malarek has a new book called The Johns.

• Bitter Chocolate: Investigating the Dark Side of the World’s Most Seductive Sweet by Carol Off (Random House, 2006). Explores the cocoa trade and how children and adults in West Africa are enslaved in it.

• Salvation Army resources, including several for youth:

• A Bible study, Set the Captives Free, from the North American Baptist Women’s Union

If you travel (even on a mission trip), International Justice Mission Canada offers these tips and guidelines for being aware of and reporting suspected cases of human trafficking.

• Read up on the country you will be visiting. There are many watchdog organizations that track human rights offences. The U.S. State Department issues a country-by-country report on trafficking in human persons. Find a link at The Evangelical Fellowship of Canada website.

• Before your trip, learn about human trafficking. For example, from the Canadian government on child sex tourism. The RCMP offers a Q&A resource, including how to report suspected trafficking.

• For video clips of helpful information presented by IJM on various TV shows, visit the IJM website.

• If during your travels you witness an exploitive situation, don’t approach it directly – to avoid endangering yourself or the victim. Check out the RCMP resource listed above. Report your suspicions to both local authorities and the Canadian consulate or embassy in the country you are visiting (see a list of offices). Also report to international organizations (see a list of country-specific hotlines).

• After your trip, continue your education on human trafficking. Book an IJM speaker to come to your church or community group. Canadians are making a difference in this global fight.

• Pray for government officials combating sex trafficking, victims impacted by it and NGOs fighting it in the country you are visiting.


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