Right now, more people are in slavery than ever before. And they are enslaved through human trafficking.
Human trafficking is the illegal trade of human beings. People – primarily young children – are being recruited, controlled, and used for sex and labour. They are being bought and sold against their will through force, coercion, and fraud.
93% of victims trafficked in Canada are Canadian citizens. Victims are trafficked from one place to another, often to large entertainment centres and sporting events. Police have documented trafficking activity at events like The Juno Awards, the F1 Race, and the Calgary Stampede. Events like these are targeted specifically by traffickers and create a demand for sexual exploitation activities. We are focusing our attention on these events in order to fight human trafficking.
#NotInMyCity is a campaign that seeks to raise awareness about human trafficking in Calgary, with a focus on sexual exploitation. Our goal is to raise awareness in the community, shine a spotlight on existing resources, and provide strategies to stand up against human trafficking.
Through the #NotInMyCity campaign, we hope to engage the Calgary community as we stand together and say “no more” to human trafficking.
Dr. Monea has teamed up with Sheldon Kennedy and Paul Brandt to fight human trafficking as part of the #NotInMyCity campaign.
At Eye Health Centres, we go the extra mile to give back to the community. Here is some information about Anna’s Vision initiative:
Charity founded by Dr. Monea in 2010
Free eye exam
Provides full eye exams and glasses at no charge for homeless children, teens, and young adults in both Saskatchewan and Alberta
One half-day a month is dedicated to selected kids brought to the office by outreach members of Boys & Girls Clubs
Free frames and lenses (donated by our office)
Should you get to know about an eye care need for a child, please send details to Dr. Monea directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In the News
Calgary Herald: Country music artist Paul Brandt to head Alberta's anti-human-trafficking task force
Country music artist and activist Paul Brandt will lead the province’s anti-human-trafficking task force, charged with researching how Alberta can better combat human trafficking and empower survivors.