Human Trafficking in the Spotlight

  • Nov. 26, 2014 3:00 p.m.

Pipestone Flyer

What is Human Trafficking?

"Human trafficking is the act of forcing, coercing, or deceiving an individual into providing sex or labour for the personal gain of another" (Karen McCrae).

Over the next few weeks, this critical topic will be brought into the spotlight by the pens and hearts of individuals driven to stand against this hidden tragedy and to reach out to the countless broken lives left in its wake.

It is an issue that demands exposure, even when that exposure happens in our backyards and neighbourhoods.

Karen McCrae is the Provincial Program Coordinator for ACT Alberta (Action Coalition on Human Trafficking). Working with the Pipestone Flyer, Karen submits three separate trafficking stories based on true client referrals to ACT Alberta. Names have been changed, but the stories are true and representative of the broad scope of human trafficking in all of its ugliness.

Andraya McMaster, who will add to this ‘In The Spotlight’ series, is a university student working towards a Human Services degree with a focus on Counseling, with the intent on utilizing her training to reach out and help heal the victims of trafficking. Her heart and compassion for these individuals, often hidden and in bondage, is infectious and brings a call to all of us to do something.

It is my desire to see these stories become a catalyst for discussion and action, putting our name forward to be one of those counted among them who made a difference in the dark.

Ken Matthias

Editor, Pipestone Flyer

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Wetaskiwin shelter will close early after assaults, other problems

Mayor Tyler Gandam said mental health, addictions overshadowing shelter’s purpose

PHOTOS: New Humble Centre School hosts successful Indoor Winter Carnival

Younger kids were enjoying the carnival while older siblings went outside to enjoy the outdoor rink

Ephraim Girling Brings The Law To Wetaskiwin

No-nonsense police officer didn’t mess around with law-breakers

New intersection coming for Hwy. #2A near grain terminal

G3 Canada will begin new intersection in 2020

VIDEO: Province’s top court sides with Alberta on federal carbon tax

Today’s decision is the first to side with a province against the federal government

Father and two children, from Southern Alberta, killed in fatal crash in B.C.

The single vehicle crash occured near Kamloops on Highway 5A

Teck CEO says Frontier withdrawal a result of tensions over climate, reconciliation

Don Lindsay speaks at mining conference, a day after announcing suspension of oilsands project

Harvey Weinstein found guilty of sex crimes in landmark #MeToo trial

The cases against the Hollywood mogul started the #MeToo movement

CRA puts focus on paper returns as tax-filing season opens

The federal tax collector expects to handle about two million paper returns this calendar year out of roughly 26 million filings

Teck withdraws application for Frontier mine, citing discourse over climate change

The Vancouver-based company said it will take a $1.13-billion writedown on the Frontier project in Alberta

Violent ends to past Indigenous protests haunt Trudeau government

Trudeau adopted a more assertive tone Friday, insisting the barricade must come down

Blockades remain in place as Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs returning to B.C.

Hereditary Chief Woos said they are ready to engage in nation-to-nation talks with the B.C.

Two goals by Ben King pushes Rebels over Tri-city

7-5 game a high-scoring, runaway according to Rebels forward Chris Douglas

Most Read