Newsletter The Joy Smith Foundation
Fall, 2016
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 Moving Forward, Saving Lives
Dear Friends, 
 
Prior to my time in Parliament, I worked with many young victims of Human Trafficking. Now I am retired from my job as Member of Parliament. I served for eleven years, four months. During that time, I passed two bills that made Canadian history; Bill 268 - Mandatory Minimum for trafficking of children 18 years and under, and Bill C-310 reaching the long arm of the Canadian law into other countries when Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada go abroad to sex traffic or exploit others. I also took a lead role in Bill C-36 which states the buying of sex is not legal in Canada. Now I spend my volunteer time working on my foundation to bring awareness about the issue of Human Trafficking to all who will listen. I receive no financial remuneration from my foundation. It is a labour of love. 
My heart goes out to the countless victims of human trafficking who were lured into the sex trade, embarking them in a life of horror. 
Many are introduced to drugs, and lose their sense of self worth and dignity. It is imperative we as Canadians protect our children from this heinous crime. 
To do so, we must become aware of how the predators work. 
Education is our greatest weapon against this crime. Many underage victims are lured into the sex trade by traffickers who prey on them. Often they pretend to be their boyfriends, or women traffickers pretend to be their supporters. They are showered with gifts and promises, only to find out they have to pay back the traffickers for these “gifts” by servicing men sexually. The victims are threatened or worse if they do not comply. Many are controlled by drugs. The young victims lose their self worth and their dignity. 
The JSF School Program on human trafficking is well received by schools who are using it. The “Buying Sex Is Not A Sport program,” and “Buying Sex Is Not Entertainment,” are bringing huge results in combatting human trafficking. 
All these programs are made possible by your generous donations. Thank you. 
 
Yours sincerely, 
 
Joy Smith B.Ed, M.Ed 
President, Founder 
Joy Smith Foundation 


 
 
 
Modern Day Slavery in Canada
 
Article ImageMany Canadians are surprised to consider that human trafficking is prevalent in Canada. In fact, until recently, there was next to no legal recognition of this crime. However, numerous convictions under new Canadian human trafficking laws can demonstrate how real and lucrative this trade in human beings is for trafficking in Canada.
 
The Criminal Intelligence Service of Canada estimates that a single Canadian victim of sex trafficking is worth approximately $280,000 per year to her exploiter. The same report noted a number of organized crime syndicates and family based networks recruit girls and traffick them inter and intra-provincially:
  • Middle-Class females between the ages 12-25 are recruited by male peers.
  • Victims are controlled through direct (rape, assaults) and indirect (threatening family members) forms of coercion; and
  • The daily earning off of one victim can range from $300-$1500 per victim per day
  • The average age of entry into the sex trade in North America is 12-14 years of age. 
 
“Canada’s domestically trafficked victims are often first trafficked when they are young - averaging around 13-14 years old. Service providers repeatedly report that the average age of victims, either in their care or which they are aware of, is younger than in years past... It is through that traffickers seek younger victims both to service a demand for sex with those who look young and because younger victims are easier to manipulate and control.”
 
An Assessment of Sex Trafficking in Canada,
Nicole Barrett, Director
Global Justice Associates (2012)
 
 
 
Joy Smith Foundation
Mission Statement
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The Joy Smith Foundation works to ensure that every Canadian man, woman and child is safe from manipulation, force, or abuse of power designed to lure and exploit them into the sex trade or forced labour. 
 
This is achieved through:
                  • Educating the public, and
 
                  • Providing funds and support to front-line organizations that rescue and rehabilitate victims, and organizations that safeguard all Canadians from human trafficking 

 
“Buying Sex Is Not A Sport” and “Buying Sex Is Not Entertainment”
 
Our Canadian youth is being lured by sex traffickers at some of our favourite large events every year. 
Many studies have shown that there is an increase in the demand surrounding our large sporting events such as the Super Bowl, NHL Playoffs, and the Calgary Stampede. 
Professional sports players such as NHL athletes and signature large entertainment events should not be marred with sex traffickers. These events are wonderful and many Canadians enjoy them every year. Sadly, Human Traffickers prepare for our large events across our country so they can make money off the most vulnerable. They groom underage youth by promising them accommodation, jewelry, and money.
Traffickers make victims feel as though they are “falling in love” with them to gain their trust. The victims feel as though they have a future together, they just have to service a few men to make some money.
 
 
Alisha's Story
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“I was lured by a female sex trafficker who was working with two male sex traffickers. They lured me to Calgary with promises I could have a good job and make money for the life I dreamed about.
 
They locked me in a small apartment with a mattress and a blanket. They dressed me up in lingerie and paraded me through the crowd at the Calgary Stampede. Men grabbed me and called out, how much? I serviced many men that Calgary Stampede on that mattress. My traffickers made a lot of money. The door to the apartment was locked. I had no key. They fed me when they said it was time to eat.
 
It’s hard to forget that brutal time.”
 
#BUYINGSEXISNOTENTERTAINMENT
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Bringing Awareness to Schools
 
Joy Smith, along with other stakeholders, has worked with the foundArticle Imageation to develop a program that brings awareness about human trafficking in Canada. It explains how predators traffic their victims and what young people can do to protect themselves. There are in-service programs for teachers, students and parents. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
“I never realized my boyfriend was grooming me for the sex trade. I wondered why he wanted me to dance at parties for his friends. He was proud of me, he isn’t my boyfriend anymore.” - Monica, a Grade 9 student
 
 
 
“I love Joy Smith. I loved how much she cares about us. It means a lot what she is doing. She inspires me a whole lot... I love her, she’s a life changer.”
- Myra, a Grade 10 student
 

 
 
Public Service Announcement
 
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Former Winnipeg Police Chief Devon Clunis, former RCMP Deputy Commissioner, RCMP Kevin Brousseau, Chief of the Norway House Cree Nation, Ron Evans, joined by Diane Redsky and others were on site to support the Joy Smith Foundation at the launch of the Public Service Announcement about how human trafficking happens here in Canada every day. 

 
 
Ride for Refuge
 
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Bikers and walkers are gathering together October 1st. Come join in and ride or walk to support the Joy Smith Foundation. Funds raised are used to bring awareness programs to parents and teachers, church groups, community leaders, and others, to protect their families against child sex trafficking. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 “Human Traffickers are empowered by public apathy and emboldened by despair. So let us shake off the shackles of indifference, and refuse to be complacent. Let us work together to bring an end to this injustice as we rescue the victims of Modern Day Slavery.” 
– Joy Smith
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
“The Joy Smith Foundation will make a meaningful difference in the lives of Human Trafficking victims here in Canada.”
- Jamie McIntosh, Founder and Executive Director, International Justice Mission Canada
Newsletter-
 
  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Highlights of the Year 2016 
 
 
January
  • School Program Presentation, Wpg MB
  • Soroptimist Club, Sask SK
  • Round Table at Manitoba Legislature
 
February
  • Public Service Announcement Launch, Wpg MB
  • School Program Presentation, Brandon MB
  • Concert and Presentation with Steve Bell, Toronto ON
  • Mission Fest, Wpg MB
 
March
  • Presentation at Mount Royal University with Country Western Star and Tony Award Winner, Paul Brand
 
April
  • School Program Presentation, Wpg MB
  • Fort Garry Hotel Breakfast with Peter MacKay, Wpg MB
  • Prayer Breakfast, Miramichi NB
  • Concert Standing in the Gap, Miramichi NB
 
May
  • Keynote Speaker on Human Trafficking, Woodstock, NB
  • Jewish Foundation Luncheon with supporters of JSF, Wpg MB
 
June
  • Launch of the “Buying Sex is Not Entertainment” Campaign, C
  • algary AB
 
  • Keynote Speaker at the UCW Rally, Pinawa, MB 
 
July
  • Sporting Event, Wpg MB
 
August
  • Freedom Climb, Fernie BC
 
September
  • Manitoba and North Dakota HT 
  • Stakeholders Meeting
  • Ride for Refuge Picnic, Wpg MB
  • Speaking Event at Victoria Hospital, Wpg MB
 
October
  • Ride for Refuge, Canada Wide
  • Bishop’s Dinner, Calgary AB
  • Presentation to British Parliament, London England
 
December
  • Speaking Engagement, Yorkton SK
  • Event with Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, Wpg MB 
 
 
 
 
 
You can make a Difference
 
 
The Joy Smith Foundation relies on the support of our donors to allow us to do our valuable work.
With your support, we can take money out of the pockets of traffickers and invest in the future of Canada’s vulnerable young people. 
 
Ways Your Contribution Can Help
 
$55 
CAN PROVIDE TRAUMA-INFORMED PROGRAMMING, FOOD AND SHELTER FOR A TRAFFICKING VICTIM FOR ONE DAY
 
$2000
CAN TAKE A VICTIM AND A TRAINED SUPPORT WORKER FROM ONE PROVINCE AND ESTABLISH HIM/HER IN A SAFE-HOUSE IN ANOTHER PROVINCE
 
$2500 
CAN PAY FOR A 3 DAY SEMINAR TOUR, WITH TRAVEL, INFORMING OVER A THOUSAND PEOPLE ON THE RISKS AND ON THE SIGNS OF HUMAN TRAFFICKING
 
$5000
CAN PROVIDE TRAUMA INFORMED PROGRAMMING, FOOD AND SHELTER FOR A TRAFFICKING VICTIM FOR 3 MONTHS
 
$5000 
CAN PROVIDE SUPPORT FOR THE ADVERTISING AND DEVELOPMENT OF HUMAN TRAFFICKING
 
$50,000
CAN PAY FOR THE INTERDISCIPLINARY DEVELOPMENT OF A HT AWARENESS SCHOOL PROGRAM FOR HIGH SCHOOL AGED STUDENTS.
THIS PROGRAM WOULD INCLUDE:
  • GRADE SPECIFIC LEARNING MODULES
  • PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT 
  • HUMAN TRAFFICKING TEACHING MODULES FOR TEACHERS
  • PRINT COSTS TO LAUNCH TO AN INITIAL ESTIMATED 1300 STUDENTS, PARENTS AND TEACHERS.
ONCE DEVELOPED, THE PROGRAM COULD BE SCALE-ABLE TO REACH VULNERABLE YOUTH AND THEIR GUARDIANS IN PARTICIPATING SCHOOLS ACROSS THE COUNTRY.
 
 
 
 
DONATE NOW
You can donate online or send a cheque to:
 
The Joy Smith Foundation Inc.
PO Box 28023 North Kildonan
Winnipeg MB R2E 4E9
 
Businesses can send a company cheque. This is a registered charity and all donations are fully receipted for income tax purposes. 
 
Find the Joy Smith Foundation in the Charities directorate at www.cra-arc.gc.ca
Charitable Registration
#801652314RR000
 
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