Gateway Gazette

Freedom Ride for Victims of Human Trafficking Takes to the Road this Weekend

Curt Hanselmann, from Claresholm, will be getting back on his bike, along with many others, to pedal for Magdalene House. This annual charity bike ride will take place July 26th and 27th. Riders will go from Sylvan Lake to Caroline and back again; just under 200km. Curt’s goal this year, as in past years, is to personally raise over $1000, as part of an overall goal for the group of $40,000. This is the third year for the fundraiser.

Magdalene House Society is a charitable organization, based out of Red Deer, collaborating with other agencies to provide a long-term, safe residence for people who are exploited through human trafficking.

Human trafficking is the fastest growing criminal activity next to the drug trade in our world and unfortunately, it is alive and well in Canada. Young Canadian teenagers are being groomed, coerced and forced into sex trafficking, and many women and men are brought into Canada and are being exploited for their labour. Canada is both a source and a destination country for this criminal activity. Currently, there is only one facility in all of Canada that assists female victims of human trafficking, so Magdalene House hopes to be the first to establish a safe house for both male and female victims.

For more information on Magdalene House, please visit www.magdalenehouse.ca

To donate in Curt’s name to the Magdalene House click here (specify you are supporting Curt in the Freedom Ride). All donations over $20 are eligible for a tax receipt.

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