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Gathering to shine light on human trafficking

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The Canadian Mennonite University will host "Caught in Traffick; Opposing Human Trafficking" June 21 to 23.

"Caught in Traffick" is the Women’s Inter-Church Council of Canada’s National Women’s Gathering. The event will focus on human trafficking and will have a keynote address by Kildonan-St. Paul MP Joy Smith.

"We think there are a lot of people who are not aware of human trafficking and how easy it is for women and young girls to get caught up in it," said Diane Dwarka, co-chair of the event.

People often associate human trafficking to only women and children, but often forget about foreign workers being smuggled across borders, said Dwarka.

There will also be a workshop lead by The Salvation Army’s Diana Bussey and a panel will discuss the issue of human trafficking.  Former victims of trafficking will also speak at the event and telling their stories.

The WICC is Canada’s only national ecumenical women’s religious organization. The council includes 10 religions with partners from the Anglican Church of Canada, Canadian Baptist Ministries, the Christian Church the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada, the Mennonite Church, the Presbyterian Church in Canada, the Religious Society of Friends, the Roman Catholic Church, The Salvation Army, and the United Church of Canada.

Costs for the event range from $100- $250 with visitors from out of town staying at CMU.

For more information, registration, and prices to "Caught in Traffick," go online at www.wicc.org or contact the Women’s Inter-Church Council of Canada at 416-929-5184.

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