Magdalene House hosting golf tournament to raise funds and awareness of human trafficking

By Josh Hall (Twitter: @Vancan19)
August 11, 2017 - 9:19am

Red Deer’s Magdalene House Society is hoping to attract a few more participants to its fundraiser golf tournament happening next week.

Magdalene House Society assists those who have been exploited through human trafficking, be it sex, labour, marriage or organ.

Executive Director Tammy Rogers says funds raised through the tournament will go towards new education programming starting in September.

“Research shows the average age of recruitment is between 13 and 14-years-old,” she says. “We've designed an education program for young people between the ages of 13 and 15 to teach them the signs that recruiters use online to get them interested and they end up becoming victims of human trafficking.”

Rogers adds there will be an information session for parents.

“It’s surprising to parents the age of recruitment -- and you can tell when you're giving a speech about human trafficking to parents with children in that age bracket because they just look shocked,” she says.

Rogers says 98 per cent of the human trafficking that occurs in Canada involves victims who are Canadians.

The golf tournament and dinner is on Friday, August 18 at Meadowlands Golf Club and has 20 spots remaining.

For more information, contact David at [email protected] or call 403-342-6191. You can also visit www.MagdaleneHouse.ca.

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