As disturbing as it is to think about, child sexual exploitation is a very real, very huge problem throughout the world. It’s not a new problem by a long shot, but the digital age has given sexual predators a whole new way to find and exploit children.
Did you know that 1 million children each year are exploited by the sex trade across the world? One million every year. That figure is like a punch to the gut. It makes me angry. Makes me want to cry. One child exploited is too many. No child should ever know that pain and fear.
Air Canada Foundation has been working with Beyond Borders ECPAT to help combat child sexual exploitation. While the partnership is not new, the existing in-flight videos driving awareness about the issue have recently been revamped.
Air Canada: Fighting Child Sexual Exploitation through On-Board Videos
A major part of stopping a problem is making sure more people are aware of it. Most people want to help save children any way they can, but many don’t know that a problem like this exists. Air Canada Foundation recently launched a series of three new on-board videos to help spread awareness.
The public service announcements last just 16 seconds and feature a child with a barcode “tattoo.” They are incredibly simple yet incredibly powerful videos. Each video has a strong message: children are not a commodity. The videos are clearly designed to open discussion about child sexual exploitation and get the issue on passenger’s radars.
What impresses me most about these videos is that they rely on one astounding image. They say a picture is worth a thousand words, and in this case the proverbial “they” couldn’t be more right. The videos inform passengers about a shocking issue without going for shock value themselves.
Hopefully, after seeing the message, passengers will check out Beyond Borders ECPAT and learn more about the cause. The award-winning team has made it their life mission to protect children from child pornography and sex trafficking. Air Canada Foundation credits the “Fighting Child Sexual Exploitation in the Digital Age” symposium as being an “eye-opener.” The Foundation was a lead sponsor in the symposium that focused on finding solutions to make the world a safer place for children of all ages.
In addition to the on-flight videos – Air Canada was the first airline in Canada and second in North America to show them – Air Canada Foundation is working closely with Beyond Borders ECPAT to develop a longer video about child sexual exploitation, which will also air on-board later this year.
Visit Air Canada Foundation to see more videos and learn more about this incredibly important cause.
This post is brought to you by Air Canada Foundation in an effort to raise awareness about child sexual exploitation. All opinions are our own.
13 thoughts on “Air Canada Foundation Helps Fight Child Sexual Exploitation”
This is a great cause! I’m happy that Canadian companies are all about the kids and the next generation. They are our future and innocent at that. WTG Air Canada :)
Thank you for bringing awareness to this issue and I am please that Air Canada is taking such a brave stance to stop this problem!
It is so sad this is something which needs to be addressed in a world where we would like to think we have made such progress. This is a great service they are providing. Bravo!
This saddens me and I am very aware of it. Hard not to keep your children in a bubble knowing this exists :( I hope more big businesses do what they can and put an end to it all
It is horrifying that we as a society should have to worry so much about the safety of our children. Wonderful message and I hope it opens a few eyes during flight!
I love hearing about huge international companies using their power for the greater good. Sex trafficking is such a devastating epidemic; nice to see Air Canada trying to make a difference!
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It makes me so sad to realize this type of thing still happens. Kudos to Air Canada for bringing the cause to light and hopefully they can make a real difference.
It makes me sad too. I can’t even imagine the horrors these kids must go through.
This really is an issue a lot of people aren’t aware of, and the seems like a good way to get it in front of a lot of different people. I hope it’s a successful campaign.
I hope it is too. I think it’s a great way to raise awareness about something that so many of us don’t really think about.
What a great foundation! Its so sad that we live in a world where some people think its ok to treat children in this manner. It makes me so mad when I hear or see that a child has been sexual exploited.
What a sad topic but a great way to get people educated about this situation. And talk about a captive audience.
This is such a sad topic, what a great way to education people. That is awesome that Air Canada has this foundation.