Collaborative work is required across communities, social agencies, police, and all levels of government for effective change to happen. My hope is to promote funding for organizations which (a) support the elimination of sexual exploitation and (b) provide services for the rescue and recovery of exploited persons.
At the time of writing, January 2018, chosen beneficiaries for Edmonton and Canada are:
CEASE: CENTRE TO END ALL SEXUAL EXPLOITATION
This grassroots organization in Edmonton has worked since 1997 to heal the harms of exploitation at individual, family and community levels. The mission of CEASE is to provide tools for sexually exploited and trafficked persons to heal and rebuild their lives. Inclusion of community healing is a unique dimension within Canada. www.ceasenow.org
JOY SMITH FOUNDATION
Founded in 2012, the foundation works to ensure every Canadian man, woman, and child is safe from manipulation designed to lure and exploit them into the sex trade or forced labour. This is achieved through public education and providing funds to front-line organizations. www.joysmithfoundation.com
Donations may be made directly or via www.canadahelps.org which also provides information about a full range of Canadian charities.
Gratitude is expressed to many organizations and individuals worldwide who share similar visions, encourage public awareness, work to prevent and eradicate exploitation, and offer services to victims. Thank you for providing support in your local community or wherever you are able. Individual donations and unique voices strengthen the bigger cause.