News/Canada: Ottawa helpless to stop global sex traffic

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Subject: News/Canada: Ottawa helpless to stop global sex traffic
From: Melanie Orhant (morhant@igc.org)
Date: Fri May 19 2000 - 10:26:12 EDT


Ottawa helpless to stop global sex traffic
Thousands of women and children bought and sold
Stewart Bell and Marina Jimenez
National Post, May 17, 2000

Despite growing evidence that Canada is a hub in a global industry that
recruits poverty-stricken women and children into prostitution, the drug
trade and mail-order marriages, Ottawa lacks a strategy for dealing with
the problem, government documents say.

A "domestic policy vacuum" is preventing government agencies from
responding adequately to the trafficking of women and children, says a
January report prepared for Citizenship and Immigration Canada obtained
under the Access to Information Act.

"Behind the policy vacuum lies an information vacuum," warns the report by
Consulting and Audit Canada. "Our findings confirmed that information on
trafficking in women at the federal level is very limited."

[snip]

http://www.nationalpost.com/home.asp?f=000517/291056

Melanie Orhant <<morhant@igc.org>>
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