The Salvation Army Applauds Federal Government on Human Trafficking Strategy

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OTTAWA, June 6, 2012 – Canada’s largest non-governmental direct social service provider is commending the Federal Government on the release of a national strategy to address the issue of Human Trafficking. The Salvation Army had called on the government to develop a national plan and participated in the development of the strategy announced today in Ottawa.

“The Salvation Army is very pleased that the federal government is further strengthening its measures in addressing the growing issue of human trafficking through the introduction of a cohesive national strategy” said Commissioner Brian Peddle, territorial commander for The Salvation Army in Canada. “The plan contains several important initiatives The Salvation Army is hopeful will be successful in preventing further victims of this terrible crime and that victims, once identified, will have increased access to the services they require.”

The Salvation Army has been providing assistance to victims of trafficking both in Canada and around the world for more than 100 years and was one of the first organizations in Canada to open a shelter dedicated to providing services to victims of human trafficking.

The Salvation Army is looking forward to the continued opportunity to partner with the government in ensuring the initiatives announced today are successful in addressing human trafficking and preventing future cases of this terrible crime.

About The Salvation Army:

The Salvation Army is an international Christian organization that began its work in Canada in 1882 and has grown to become the largest non-governmental direct provider of social services in the country. The Salvation Army gives hope and support to vulnerable people today and everyday in 400 communities across Canada and more than 120 countries around the world. The Salvation Army offers practical assistance for children and families, often tending to the basic necessities of life, providing shelter for homeless people and rehabilitation for people who have lost control of their lives to an addiction. When you give to The Salvation Army, you are investing in the future of marginalized and overlooked people in your community.

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