With Pan Am Games coming to Toronto, groups push to limit trafficking

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May 23, 2015

This photo illustration of a young woman depicts the effects of human trafficking. As Toronto gets set to host the Pan Am Games, rights campaigners are putting their best efforts into ensuring that the city does not become a playground for human traffickers during the event.  (CNS illustration/Lisa Johnston, St. Louis Review) See TORONTO-PANAM May 22, 2015.

This photo illustration of a young woman depicts the effects of human trafficking. As Toronto gets set to host the Pan Am Games, rights campaigners are putting their best efforts into ensuring that the city does not become a playground for human traffickers during the event. (CNS illustration/Lisa Johnston, St. Louis Review)

TORONTO (CNS) — As Toronto gets set to host the Pan Am Games, rights campaigners are putting their best efforts into ensuring that the city does not become a playground for human traffickers while the multi-sport, billion-dollar event takes place.

Led by Catholic religious sisters, a broad coalition is getting ready for the July 10-26 Pan Am Games and the Aug. 7-15 Parapan Am Games by ramping up public education campaigns about human trafficking and the sex trade.

The Toronto Counter Human Trafficking Network, headquartered at the FCJ Hamilton House Refugee Project and backed by the Faithful Companions of Jesus, is working on a “unified response model” that includes a hotline that can link victims to police, social workers, shelters, health care and more, said Varka Kalaydzhieva, the project coordinator.

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