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Sasha: Sperm donations, and the criminalization of sex work

Dear Sasha,

My girlfriend went into menopause unexpectedly at 31, when a simple (botched) surgery ended in her waking up with a complete hysterectomy.

She is the only daughter, and her brother never had children of his own because he married a woman who already had five.

Both she and her parents really wanted her to have children of her own. When she and I met, we agreed that we, too, wanted children. It's been five years since the surgery, and she is still distraught over the issue.

Canada's treatment of the Tamil refugees is a defining moment

The MV Sun Sea (right) and the impromptu refugee processing centre set up to received 490 Tamils. As seen from across the harbour on the shore of the Esquimalt First Nation after the ship’s arrival on Aug. 13, 2010. Photo: Wongo888/Flickr

Whatever else happens, the MV Sun Sea shall be remembered as having posed a security, immigration and moral dilemma for Canada, depending on who you speak to.

A Thai registered cargo ship, the MV Sun Sea had approximately 500 potential claimants for refugee status, all of whom are of Tamil origin. It originated in Sri Lanka and was denied permission to dock by Thailand and Australia. 

The ship arrived in Canadian waters Friday and was intercepted by armed Canadian military and the RCMP. After health and security officials boarded the ship in Victoria, B.C., the passengers were given medical check-ups; most have been moved to detention centres in the Vancouver area while their refugee claims are being processed. Hearings are due to begin today.


A missing daughter: Jessie Foster's story

Jessie Foster (right) at her 2002 high school graduation with her mother, Glendene Grant. Jessie went missing in Las Vegas in March 2006 and her mother believes she is the victim of human trafficking. Photo courtesy of Glendene Grant.

This week will be a busy one for Glendene Grant but she describes it as resulting from "a mother's passion for her child." She will appear on radio and TV, give print media interviews, and talk to anyone who will listen.

The Kamloops, B.C., internet technician lost her daughter, Jessie Foster, four years ago, after the 22-year-old disappeared from her home in Las Vegas. Grant has hardly paused in the time since, the trauma of the loss compelling her to reach out in every direction, and across international borders in the effort to locate Foster.

"I absolutely can't stop, but I've had some people ask me why I'm wasting my time. It hurts," Grant said.



Shae Invidiata on the fight against human trafficking

August 31, 2014
| Listen in to Shae as she gives us her take on slavery, Bill C-36, "evil at its best" and why Canada is at a crossroads when it comes to the slave trade.
Length: 47:10 minutes (64.79 MB)
Image: Flickr/PJStarr
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Lindsey Higgs on MTV EXIT and gender equality

August 30, 2013
| Lindsey touches on gender equality, our responsibility to the other and why she does what she does. She has a passion for youth engagement and social change of all kinds.
Length: 39:46 minutes (31.87 MB)
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Episode 141: The body politic

January 30, 2013
| In this episode, we talk about the Idle No More movement, monsters and capitalism, internships, and human trafficking. Find it all on the rpn.
Length: 25:33 minutes (23.47 MB)

Forced Labour, Child Labour, Human Trafficking: Explaining the Resilience of the Worst Forms of Labour Exploitation in the Global Economy

Thursday, January 24, 2013 - 4:30pm - 6:30pm


Liu Institute for Global Issue, Multipurpose Room
6476 NW Marine Drive V6T 1Z2
Vancouver, BC
49° 16' 4.728" N, 123° 15' 34.4304" W

January 24, 2013 4:30 PM, Liu Institute for Global Issues, The University of British Columbia

Nicola Phillips, Professor of Political Economy in the Department of Politics at the University of Sheffield will speak about labour exploitation in the global economy. Reception to follow.  

Director’s Welcome: Peter Dauvergne, Director, Liu Institute for Global Issues
Introduced by: Jamie Peck, Canada Research Chair in Urban and Regional Political Economy

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