Posted by Maria Hudolin on Jun 10, 2021

Orchard City II returns to Holiday Park - thanks Mary Lou! 

Our club welcomed four guests and prospective members today: Stacy Schaffer from RC Bismarck, ND, Shaun Lesowski from DOLC; Gary Baird, Nancy Adams.  
Jim and Judy and Sandy gave fitting tributes to our dear Rotarian Bernard who passed away this past week. We ask members to keep Brenda and family in their thoughts and prayers.
Last week, new member Sarah de Leeuw gave a short presentation on BC’s residential school system. She has visited all of the residential schools in our province. She shared a quote from local writer/poet Garry Gottfriedson’s book “Clinging To Bone” which speaks to cultural identity, residential schools, church abuse and environmental destruction.
New member Carol French paid a few happy dollars for the opportunity of visiting so many beautiful parts of Lake Country as she went around to members’ homes and businesses to collect loot for our LobsterCrawl bags.
LobsterCrawl (Friday July 9th at Beasley Park) ticket sales need a boost by our members! Judy has posters and Monika asks that we share our facebook page with friends and family.
Tickets available on Eventbrite:
“Passing of the Gavel” club event takes place on FRIDAY JUNE 25TH at OK Centre Hall. Details to come.
Guest Presentation: 
Stacy Schaffer, a Rotarian from Bismarck, ND in D5580 educated our members today on what Human Trafficking is and how we, as Rotarians, can do our part in preventing and reducing it. Rotary’s global network is so extensive thus allowing Rotarians to make a difference. Stacy is the founder and director of 31:8 Project “A Voice for the Voiceless” which educates, advocates and raises awareness in order to prevent human trafficking.
Stacy began her journey in anti-human-trafficking movement in 2006 at university when she learned that this is a new name for ‘slavery’. Her first experience was in Guatemala when she helped free a young 8 yr. old girl from being a sex slave. She became Stacy’s reason for establishing 31:8 which is taken from Proverbs 31:8-9 “Speak up for Those Who Cannot Speak for Themselves”.
There are two main types of human trafficking – Sex vs Labour. 3 out of 4 sex slave victims are trafficked online and 50% are trafficked by people they know (family or close friends). The average age is 11-14 years. Traffickers are drawn to small cities or rural communities where they probably won’t get caught – lots of ag farming, little law enforcement on patrol make for good breeding grounds.  Recruitment often takes place in the areas near major highways and sex slaves may be moved between cities using the nation’s trucking transportation system.
Labour trafficking is harder to identify. There are more than 100 different visa types in USA - people who are trafficked are visa holders or people who jump borders to get work; temporary agricultural workers, non-ag workers (restaurants, hospitality, construction); permitted individuals in a range of work areas and study exchange programs. People who apply for these visas are not always monitored and may not be treated well by the employer. Sometimes they are trafficked by the visa sponsor.
Who are the victims?  What does a victim look like? There are certain risk factors: childhood sexual abuse; family dysfunction; youth with cognitive disabilities; runaway and homeless children; young people who put their sadness online are cultivated and captured and sometimes blackmail is used. The average age for recruitment is 11-14 years and the life expectancy of victims is 7 years (often introduced to drugs to control them).  Recruitment locations include schools, malls, parks, bus/train stations, shelters group homes, teen parties, social media – traffickers prey on anyone that is mentally, physically, or economically vulnerable, and they target areas where vulnerable people can be found. Every 30 seconds another person becomes a victim of human trafficking.
“I was advertised in the same way as a car or phone, but with even less value than a bike”
Survivors want us to know:
  • They have a fear that no one will understand
  • Think about things from their point of view; never say you understand but still try to put yourself in their shoes
  • Language counts, words make a difference, use of word “prostitute” hurts
  • Don’t give up on someone if you think they are potentially a victim of trafficking
  • They may have asked for help, and were told they deserved what has happened to them
  • Look for the signs of possible trafficking: Coached/rehearsed responses to questions; signs of abuse, malnourishment, lack of health care; lack control over schedule and or ID or travel docs; bruises.
  • Call 911 if you know or expect something
  • Call local law enforcement for non-emergency
  • Use national human trafficking hotline (USA)