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Human Trafficking; a Global Problem — a London Problem.
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MAST - Men Against Sexual Trafficking is hosting The Freedom Rally on Saturday, April 28th to inform & mobilize the faith community in the London area about human trafficking and educate Christians about what they can do to help eradicate this horrendous crime.

Most of us are somewhat aware that there is a global problem with human trafficking. What many people don’t realize, however, is that the problem occurs right here in our own backyard. Christians all over the world are stepping up to meet the challenge and be God’s servants in the fight against this horrendous crime. There are Christian organizations like International Justice Mission who rescue and rehabilitate survivors of the sex trade in many countries.

The problem is a growing concern in Canada and there are several organizations dedicated to assisting those who have been sexually trafficked and want to leave the trade. There are also a number of organizations working to help labour trafficking victims. Others are concerned with educating the public and decreasing the demand for the sex.

Stan Burditt, of Men Against Sexual Trafficking says: "We know that the Christian Community will respond positively when they become aware of the extent of the problem that is happening on London streets and other areas of Southwestern Ontario."

Canadian girls, as young as 12 years of age, are being recruited and trafficked for sexual purposes right here in London. Many of the victims have been recruited from our high schools and include daughters of teachers, law enforcement officers, clergy and politicians. Of the 55 cases of human trafficking being prosecuted in Canada, on Oct. 1, 2011, 50 of them involved victims who were Canadians. The next victim could be someone who you know and love!

The rally will be held at The Salvation Army London Citadel which is located at 555 Springbank Dr. at Wonderland Road.

Start time is 7 pm and those in attendance will be treated to some great music and inspirational messages from speakers such as MP Joy Smith, Miss Canada 2011 Tara Teng, Miss Canada 2012 Jaclyn Miles and Stan Burditt founder of MAST.

Praise music will be provided by U Turn

MP Joy Smith is the champion of anti-human trafficking legislation in Ottawa. Tara Teng is a spokesperson for the movement to stamp out trafficking and Jaclyn Miles works to educate young people about bullying and abuse. Stan Burditt's message to men is that we need to be more accountable to our families and realize that sexual trafficking is a men's issue.

At the One Voice One Hope Conference on March 30 & 31 it was announced that MAST is planning a walk from London to Toronto to raise awareness, money and also urge the Provincial Government to make more funding available to groups who are working to eradicate the crime of Human Trafficking. The walk will take place from June 7th to June 17th, arriving at Queens Park on Fathers Day. Further details will be released in the near future.

For further information go to www.mast-canada.com.