The 2010 Vancouver Olympics highlight the heights of human achievement, but also reveals the depths of human depravity. With the good, of increased tourism, comes the bad of increased crime. Of special note is the increase in human trafficking, especially in the sex trade.
One of the organizations seeking to stop this is REED (Resist Exploitation, Embrace Dignity). During the Olympics they’ll be focusing on the, Buying Sex Is Not a Sport campaign, which is a:
“grassroots campaign to raise awareness and effect change around sex trafficking and the 2010 Olympic games. The demand for sexual access to the bodies of women and children fuels human trafficking. Women and children in Metro Vancouver and Whistler are routinely coerced into the flesh trade to meet this demand, and a large sporting event such as the 2010 Olympics will only further exploitation through a rise in the demand for paid sex. Demand is an issue we have already flagged in Canada and have been working against for years.”
Check out their website here for more information.