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									An Innovative and Participatory
    Training Module against
   Trafficking of young girls

                        Camille Karbassi
                            Program Manager
                     Child Trafficking Program




                International Bureau for
                 Children’s Rights (IBCR)

                     Istanbul, December 2009

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      The International Bureau for
           Children’s Rights
The IBCR is a non-governmental organization (NGO)
created in 1994, based in Montreal, Canada.

Its mission is to contribute to the promotion and protection
of children’s rights as stated in the Convention on the
Rights of the Child (CRC) and its Optional Protocols.

In 2003 it was granted Special Consultative Status by the
United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC).

The IBCR focuses on four priority areas:
 Ø Child trafficking and child sex tourism;

 Ø Children in armed conflict;
 Ø Child victims and witnesses of crime;

 Ø Country Profiles on the implementation of the CRC.
The IBCR’s Struggle against Child
           Trafficking
The IBCR has been actively fighting against the sexual
exploitation of children and against child trafficking since
its foundation.

It was among the first organisations in Canada to conduct
extensive research on the subject of child trafficking and
to collaborate with aboriginal communities and
immigration officials in this process.

From 2006 to 2007, the IBCR prepared a detailed study of
the phenomenon in Canada. This study was prepared for
the Justice Department and Public Safety Canada.

This permitted the elaboration of a “Strategic Action Plan
for the Protection of Victims of Child Trafficking in
Quebec,” to best respond to this phenomenon.
The Definition of Child Trafficking




 Recruitment   Displacement   Exploitation
  Child Trafficking: A pressing
          global issue
Ø Child trafficking is a contemporary form of
  slavery.
Ø There are pull factors such as:
   q The prospect of gaining employment.
   q The dream of a better life.

Ø There are push factors such as:
   q Poverty and unemployment.
   q Lack of education and opportunities.
   q Economic imbalances.
   q War and political instabilty.

Ø There are enabling factors:
   Ø Corruption, lack of effective legal instruments
   Ø ``High profit – low risk``
               A Success Story

Ø “The Trafficking of Young Girls: A form of
  violence that also exists here.”

  The objective of the training program was:

Ø To train front-line community workers.

Ø To build the capacity of future trainers.

Ø To identify and exchange the problems linked
  to the phenomenon.
         Training module activities
Ø A participatory approach.

Ø Practical activities.

Ø Theorical content.
                 Love or Domination:
                 A Theatre Production




The IBCR is launching a theatre production entitled “Love or
Domination, the Story of Gabriel and Florence” in December
2009.

The Plot
The play traces the story of Florence, who is
driven by Gabriel to the outskirts of the city into
a situation of trafficking.
As she is drawn further into his stranglehold,
Florence must find a way to escape the abusive
and unsound circumstances she is faced with.
           Looking Forward…

     The 2010 Vancouver Olympic Games

Similar large-scale sporting events have shown to
trigger a dramatic increase in trafficking incidents,
particularly in child trafficking.

In view of this and in consideration of the upcoming
Olympics, the IBCR is looking to share its experience
and its expertise with key actors working against
human trafficking in the context of British Columbia.

            A focus on key sectors who continue to lack adequate
            information:
         v Actors within the hospitality and travel sectors:
           hotel employees, taxi drivers, airport, train and bus station retail
           employees;
         v Front-line workers from local NGOs and Aboriginal
           organizations.
Camille Karbassi
Program Manager
c.karbassi@ibcr.org

International Bureau for Children's Rights
Bureau international des droits des enfants

2715 Chemin de la Côte-Sainte-Catherine
Montreal (Quebec)
H3T 1B6 Canada

Telephone: (+1) 514 932 7656 Ext. 221
Fax: (+1) 514 932-9453

Website: www.ibcr.org
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