News Archive

Columnist Barbara Kay on Prof. Perrin's Prostitution Law Reform Recommendations
January 30, 2014

In an article in today's National Post, columnist Barbara Kay writes on Prof. Perrin's recent report on reforming Canada's prostitution laws in the wake of the Supreme Court of Canada decision in Canada v. Bedford.

Kay calls the report (which recommends greater support for prostitutes to exit and instead hold johns, pimps, and traffickers criminally responsible), "a valuable contribution" that "makes good, principled sense".

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Prof. Perrin's Report on Overhauling Prostitution Laws
January 27, 2014

Parliament has only one year to amend its laws surrounding prostitution after the Supreme Court of Canada found on Dec. 20, 2013, that they infringe on Canada's Charter of Rights and Freedoms. Otherwise we will face de facto legalized prostitution.

In a major paper released today by the Macdonald-Laurier Institute, Prof. Perrin offers a road map to what should be Canada's goal: Getting women out of prostitution.

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Justice for Victims of Crime Working Group - Information Session
January 24, 2014

For all UBC Law students: gain valuable research experience while volunteering as part of this project that seeks to better understand, and enhance, the rights of victims of serious and violent crimes.

Come hear from Prof. Perrin about this opportunity to be part of this Working Group that will research the laws and policies of provinces and territories related to victims of crime across Canada, and make recommendations for reform.

Room 122, Allard Hall at 12:30 pm on Friday, January 24th. Pizza lunch provided.

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Special Court for Sierra Leone Closes
January 14, 2014

After over a decade, the Special Court for Sierra Leone has concluded its operations upon finishing the trials of alleged major perpetrators of atrocities during the country's 1991-2002 civil war.

From 2004-6, Prof. Perrin was a research assistant and then assistant director of the Special Court for Sierra Leone legal clinic, based in Montreal, which assisted judges of the Trial Chamber and Appeals Chamber.The Special Court convicted nine persons from multiple sides of the armed conflict, sentencing them to prison for terms ranging from 15 to 52 years.

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Globe & Mail Op/Ed on Overhauling Prostitution Laws
December 18, 2013

Prof. Perrin authored an opinion/editorial piece in today's Globe and Mail online. In it, he argues that whatever the outcome of the anticipated Supreme Court of Canada decision in Canada v. Bedford, it's time for Canada to commit to abolishing prostitution.

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Supreme Court of Canada Clerkship Alumni
December 9, 2013

The McGill News reports about the experience of past law clerks of the Supreme Court of Canada. Prof. Perrin is profiled among them.

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Government of Canada Progress Report on Combatting Human Trafficking
December 9, 2013

The Hon. Steven Blaney, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, has released the 2012-13 Annual Report on the implementation of Canada's National Action Plan to Combat Human Trafficking.

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Journal of Human Trafficking to Launch
November 27, 2013

Prof. Perrin has been named to the international editorial board of the Journal of Human Trafficking - a new journal being published by Routledge/Taylor & Francis.

This peer-reviewed academic journal is expected to launch in Spring 2015.

Call for Applications: Research Assistants
November 25, 2013

Prof. Perrin is hiring three research assistant positions for a new research project - the Justice for Victims of Crime Initiative.

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National Post Article on MacIntosh Case
October 14, 2013

In an article in today's National Post, reporter Tobi Cohen cites Prof. Perrin's research on traveling sex offenders. The article discusses the Ernest Fenwick MacIntosh case related to allegations of child sexual abuse in Canada and India.

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Special Court for Sierra Leone Upholds Charles Taylor Conviction
September 26, 2013

The Appeals Chamber of the Special Court has upheld the conviction of former Liberian President Charles Taylor, involving 11 counts of war crimes and crimes against humanity. The 50-year sentenced imposed by the Trial Chamber was also affirmed.

Between 2004 and 2006, Professor Perrin assisted the Trial Chamber and Appeals Chamber of the Special Court by providing the judges with legal research through a legal clinic based at McGill University.

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Government of Canada to Crack Down on Child Sex Tourism

September 16, 2013

Today, Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced new proposed measures to combat child sex tourism and exploitation. Professor Perrin was recently a policy advisor to the Prime Minister on justice and public safety matters.

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Victim Assistance in Uganda and the Democratic Republic of the Congo

September 11, 2013

The International Criminal Court's Trust Fund for Victims has reported assisting over 110,000 victims to date, in cooperation with its partners. Recently, officials from the ICC met with victims in Uganda and the DRC.

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Tougher Measures to Combat Child Sexual Abuse Announced

August 29, 2013

Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Minister of Justice and Attorney General Peter MacKay announced proposed enhanced penalties for child sex offenders today. Professor Perrin was recently a policy advisor to the Prime Minister on justice and public safety matters.

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Min. MacKay Continuing Consultations on Victims' Bill of Rights
August 14, 2013

The newly appointed Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, the Hon. Peter MacKay, is continuing consultations on the creation of a Canadian Victims' Bill of Rights.

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ICC Calls for Libya to Surrender Saif Gaddafi
July 18, 2013

According to the ICC website: "the Appeals Chamber of the International Criminal Court (ICC) rejected the Libyan authorities' request to suspend the surrender of Saif Al-Islam Gaddafi and recalled that Libya is currently obliged to surrender Mr Gaddafi to the Court."

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Publication of Migrant Smuggling Journal Article
June 27, 2013

The International Journal of Social Science Studies, a new peer-reviewed, open-access academic journal, has published Prof. Perrin's article "Migrant Smuggling: Canada's Response to a Global Criminal Enterprise".

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Human Trafficking Case in B.C. Supreme Court
June 26, 2013

Franco Orr has been found guilty of human trafficking in a trial before the B.C. Supreme Court involving allegations of domestic servitude of a live-in nanny.

According to the 2013 U.S. State Department Trafficking in Persons report for Canada: "as of February 2013, there were at least 77 ongoing federal human trafficking prosecutions, 72 of which were domestic sex trafficking cases... These cases involved at least 130 defendants and 119 victims…The government reported 27 total trafficking convictions during the last year."

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Call for Applications: Research Assistant (part-time)
June 17, 2013

Prof. Perrin is currently accepting applications for a part-time Research Assistant for the Justice for Victims of Crime Initiative.

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Upcoming Supreme Court of Canada Case: Bedford v. Canada
June 3, 2013

The Supreme Court of Canada will hear the challenge to Canada's prostitution laws on June 13th.

Meghan Murphy writes today in the Globe and Mail about this landmark case and a third-way to address this issue.

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Editorial on Global Sex Slavery
May 26, 2013

Kyle Ashmead's editorial in Digital Journal tracks sex slavery around the world, and cites Professor Perrin's book, Invisible Chains: Canada's Underground World of Human Trafficking.

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Sheldon Kennedy Child Advocacy Centre to Help Victims of Child Abuse Opens
May 23, 2013

The Honourable Rob Nicholson, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, attended the grand opening of the Sheldon Kennedy Child Advocacy Centre that will help young victims and their families.

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Consultation on Victims' Bill of Rights
April 23, 2013

The Government of Canada has launched public consultations on the Victims' Bill of Rights.

Consultations open to the public will be hosted on-line from May 1 to June 30, 2013.

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"Invisible Chains" Held Teen
May 21, 2013

The Crown Prosecutor in a landmark human trafficking case in Ottawa has cited Professor Perrin's book, Invisible Chains: Canada's Underground World of Human Trafficking in the trial to help explain how the alleged victims were controlled by the accused.

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Prof. Perrin Returning to UBC from Prime Minister's Office
April 1, 2013

Professor Perrin is returning to the UBC Faculty of Law from a one-year leave of absence in Ottawa where he served as special advisor and legal counsel to Prime Minister Stephen Harper.

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Prof. Perrin Appointed Special Advisor to the Prime Minister
April 1, 2012

Prof. Perrin has recently been appointed as Special Advisor, Legal Affairs & Policy in the Prime Minister's Office in Ottawa.

The position involves providing in-house legal counsel, as well as policy advice related to Justice, Public Safety, and Citizenship & Immigration.

He is on a leave of absence from UBC to take up this opportunity.

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B.C. Child Sex Trafficking Charges
December 23, 2011

Four charges of child trafficking have been laid against a B.C. man in "Project Sabr". The investigation and case is ongoing. Prof. Perrin has provided commentary in the media.

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U of T Law Recognizes Prof. Perrin with Top Young Alumni Award
November 10, 2011

John B. Laskin has announced that Benjamin Perrin and Sarah Corman, two very accomplished young alumni, will be this year's recipients of the Wilson-Prichard Award for Community and Professional Service.

This award honours a graduate of the University of Toronto Faculty of Law in the first 10 years of his or her career who demonstrates the highest standards of professional integrity, excellence and leadership, and who has made a significant contribution to the legal profession and/or community through his or her public interest work, pro bono activities and/or community service.

The awards will be presented at the Distinguished Alumnus Award Dinner on January 25, 2012 to celebrate these young alumni as well as alumnus Justice Ian Binnie and Jean Fraser.

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Sex Trafficking Charges in Vancouver
October 28, 2011

A 27-year-old Vancouver man is facing multiple charges of trafficking in underage teenagers he allegedly forced into the sex trade. Prof. Perrin provided commentary in the media.

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Policy Paper on Migrant Smuggling
October 25, 2011

The Macdonald-Laurier Institute has released a policy paper by Prof. Perrin entitled "Migrant Smuggling: Canada's Response to a Global Criminal Enterprise", which includes an assessment of Bill C-4 (The Preventing Human Smugglers from Abusing Canada's Immigration System Act). The proposed legislation is expected to be sent for evaluation by the House of Commons Standing Committee on Public Safety and National Security in the coming days.

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Police Should Name "Johns": LEAF Manitoba Breakfast
October 21, 2011

Prof. Perrin delivered the keynote address at the 21st annual "Persons Day Breakfast" hosted by LEAF-Manitoba at the Winnipeg Convention Centre, attended by approximately 1,000 people. He spoke about human trafficking as a threat to women's equality and the need for a strong community response.

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University of Manitoba Distinguished Visitor
October 21, 2011

The University of Manitoba's Faculty of Law hosted a talk by Prof. Perrin as part of the Distinguihsed Visitor Lecture Series for students and Faculty entitled "Human Trafficking in Canada: Researching Underground Criminal Activity and Advancing Positive Change".

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House of Commons Standing Committee on Justice Testimony
October 20, 2011

The Safe Streets and Communities Act (Bill C-10) is being reviewed by a Parliamentary Committee this month. Prof. Perrin is providing submissions in support of the legislation.

New York Conference on Private Militaries
October 7-8, 2011

Prof. Perrin presented a paper on gaps in the international legal framework governing private military and security companies at a conference hosted by the John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York.

In addition to academic researcher, other participants included representatives from the industry, non-governmental organizations, and a UN Human Rights Committee working group.

Expert Evidence in Human Trafficking Prosecution
October 5, 2011

The Ontario Ministry of Attorney General has called on Prof. Perrin to provide an expert's report in an upcoming human trafficking prosecution that is scheduled to go to trial in December.

National Post Op/Ed on Criminal Justice Reforms
Sept. 28, 2011

Prof. Perrin writes in today's National Post about the proposed Safe Streets and Communities Act, an omnibus crime bill introduced in Parliament last week.

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Prof. Perrin Appointed Senior Fellow
September 19, 2011

The Macdonald-Laurier Institute for Public Policy has appointed Prof. Perrin as a Senior Fellow. The Ottawa-based non-partisan think tank was recently named one of the top think tanks in the world.

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Call for Applications: Research Assistants
August 23, 2011

Prof. Perrin will be hiring three UBC law students for the 2011-12 academic year.

Students with an interest in criminal law, international human rights law, immigration law, international humanitarian law, and/or international criminal law are encouraged to apply.

Deadline: September 14, 2011

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Prof. Perrin's "Invisible Chains" Finalist for Book Prize
August 3, 2011

Prof. Perrin's best-selling book "Invisible Chains: Canada's Underground World of Human Trafficking" is a finalist for the eighth annual George Ryga Award for Social Awareness in Literature.

Five finalists were chosen from a total of 57 submissions. The award will be presented on October 1st.

Experts Slam B.C. Government Cuts to Human Trafficking Office
August 2, 2011

Prof. Perrin and MP Joy Smith called the B.C. Government out for quietly cutting the B.C. Office to Combat Trafficking in Persons to just two staff members.

Since 2007, OCTIP has assisted around 100 victims, but its future is now in doubt. Perrin called on B.C Public Safety Minister and Attorney General, Shirley Bond, to restore OCTIP and increase support to police and NGOs fighting the crime.

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National Online Course on Human Trafficking Launched
June 22, 2011

"Human Trafficking: Canada is Not Immune" is a free online training program for Canadian front line service providers on how to recognize, protect and assist a person who may have been trafficked.

The online training program has four modules and takes approximately 5 - 7 hours to complete, and is an initiative of the BC Office to Combat Trafficking in Persons, with funding from Public Safety Canada and Justice Canada.

Prof. Perrin was part of the advisory committee for this initiative and his research is featured in both the written and video course materials.

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Liberalized laws make prostitution more dangerous
June 16, 2011

Licia Corbella writes in the Calgary Herald about the Ontario Court of Appeal case involving a constitutional challenge to prostitution-related laws. Prof. Perrin provides commentary along with sex trafficking survivors Natasha Falle and Timea Nagy.

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Canada Helps Combat Human Trafficking in El Salvador
June 8, 2011

The Honourable Diane Ablonczy, Minister of State of Foreign Affairs (Americas and Consular Affairs), today announced a $1-million contribution to help fight crime and human trafficking in El Salvador.

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Invisible Chains on Bestseller List
May 2, 2011

The Quill and Quire political science bestsellers list includes Invisible Chains: Canada's Underground World of Human Trafficking by Prof. Perrin.

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CUFA BC Distinguished Academic Awards
April 27, 2011

Prof. Perrin is the recipient of a 2011 Distinguished Academic Award from the Confederation of University Faculty Associations of British Columbia (CUFA BC).

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Government of Ontario Action on Human Trafficking
February 17, 2011

Ontario is enhancing its ability to fight human trafficking by providing additional support to prevent, deter and denounce human exploitation and provide support for victims of this terrible crime.

Prof. Perrin met last year with Premier Dalton McGuinty to make the case for this latest action against human trafficking.

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B.C. Chiefs of Police Call for Action on Human Trafficking
January 20, 2011

The B.C. Chiefs of Police Association is calling on the federal government to adopt a national action plan to combat human trafficking.

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Prof. Perrin Recognized by U of T
December 2010

The University of Toronto, Faculty of Law's alumni magazine Nexus has named Prof. Perrin one of its top 12 alumni to watch. Dean Mary Anne Bobinski commented in the article: "He's brilliant, compassionate and unstoppable. He's on track to becoming one of Canada's leading scholars in human rights and criminal justice."

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Globe and Mail Top 100 Books
November 27, 2010

Invisible Chains: Canada's Underground World of Human Trafficking by Prof. Perrin was listed first in its category in the Globe and Mail's top - 100 books of the year.

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Invisible Chains Top -10 Book of 2010
November 22, 2010

Parliament Hill's most popular newspaper, The Hill Times, ranked Prof. Perrin's new book Invisible Chains: Canada's Underground World of Human Trafficking as one of the top-10 books of 2010.

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Men of Honour Award
October 23, 2010

The Prostitution Awareness and Action Foundation of Edmonton recently recognized Prof. Perrin with the "Men of Honour" award: "Men of honour are those who use their experience, knowledge and power in meaningful ways to foster respect, encourage healthy relationships, and create positive opportunities for women, children and those who experience vulnerability and marginalization."

Book Review: Invisible Chains
October 9, 2010

Brenlee Carrington, Law Society of Manitoba's Equity Ombudswoman, reviewed Prof. Perrin's new book for the Winnipeg Free Press saying "Invisible Chains is such an excellent and important work that deserves to attract a wide readership."

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National Debate on Prostitution Laws
October 1, 2010

The editorial pages of newspapers across Canada are debating the future of prositution laws in the wake of this week's Ontario Superior Court ruling.

Prof. Perrin's new book Invisible Chains is playing an important role in that debate.

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Manitoba's First Human Trafficking Charges
September 23, 2010
The first charges in Manitoba for human trafficking were laid today. Prof. Perrin provided commentary and called for greater action to assist victims.
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RCMP Release Human Trafficking Report
September 13, 2010
Today the RCMP released its first national report on “Human Trafficking in Canada: A Threat Assessment” on its website. Prof. Perrin, endorsed the report's call to action and commented in the media.

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Launch of Public Awareness Campaign on Human Trafficking
September 7, 2010
On the same day that the federal government announced measures to raise public awareness on human trafficking, Prof. Perrin provided media commentary on the issue and launched

Research Assistant Positions
September 1, 2010

Prof. Perrin is hiring two student research assistants for 10 hours/week this term. Deadline to apply: Sept. 9th.

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Suspected Smuggling of Tamil Migrants
August 13, 2010

Prof. Perrin has provided expert commentary in the media about the arrival of almost 500 Tamil migrants aboard the MV Sun Sea off the coast of B.C. and concerns about migrant smuggling.

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Inquiry Endorses Swedish Model
July 2, 2010

An independent inquiry has resoundingly endorsed the Swedish approach to tackling sexual exploitation and trafficking. Since 1998, Swedish law has criminalized sex act purchasers but instead offered assistance to those being sold.

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C2C's Special Issue on Modern-Day Slavery
June 21, 2010

Prof. Perrin is the editor of a special issue of C2C: Canada's Journal of Ideas on modern-day slavery. Along with award-winning investigative journalist Tamara Cherry and others, he contributed a piece to the edition.

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Human trafficking bill passes Senate
June 17, 2010

Bill C-268, a private members' bill calling for mandatory minimum sentences for child traffickers passed through its final hurdle Thursday after being approved by the Senate.

The bill was drafted by Prof. Perrin and introduced by MP Joy Smith. It is the first private member's bill in two years to pass through Parliament, and only the 15th ever to amend the Criminal Code since Confederation.

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Human trafficking victims fall through gaps
June 14, 2010

The U.S. State Department's annual Trafficking in Persons Report was released today. Prof. Perrin provided commentary in the media.

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Bill C-268 Approved by Senate Committee
June 3, 2010

Prof. Perrin testified as an expert witness at the Senate Standing Committee on Social Affairs, Science and Technology, in support of Bill C-268.

The Committee voted to refer the Bill, which will toughen sentences for child trafficking, back to the Senate for a third and final reading.

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Perrin "Influential Canadian": Reader's Digest  
May 17, 2010

The latest issue of Reader's Digest (June 2010) has a feature story recognizing Prof. Perrin in its "Influential Canadian" series.

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Child Trafficking Bill Needed
May 3, 2010

Norma Greenaway, National Correspondent for Canwest News Service, wrote today about the progress of Bill C-268 in the Senate, which would enact tougher sentences for child trafficking.

The article also discusses Prof. Perrin's forthcoming book Invisible Chains: Canada's Underground World of Human Trafficking to be published in October 2010.

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Study on Transit Trafficking: Canada & U.S.
April 27, 2010
Metropolis B.C (funded by the B.C. Government and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council) has published a report by Prof. Perrin,  entitled Trafficking in Persons and Transit Countries: A Canada-U.S. Case Study in Global Perspective.
Key international findings from the report appear in the European Journal of Criminology’s latest issue.
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Globe & Mail Human Trafficking Feature
March 27, 2010
Saturday's Globe and Mail covers the issue of human trafficking in Ontario. Prof. Perrin provided commentary on the law enforcement response to date.
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Twelfth National Metropolis Convention
March 20, 2010

Prof. Perrin presented recent research on international trafficking in persons at a roundtable session on immigration and diversity organized by Public Safety Canada on "Integrating Border Visions and Concerns".

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Child Pornography Charges
March 10, 2010
Prof. Perrin applauded police for rescuing victims of child sexual abuse imagery and laying charges against offenders in B.C. and Ontario.
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Vancouver Sun Exposes Sexual Exploitation Online
March 8, 2010
The front-page of the Vancouver Sun reports about a sixteen-year old girl sold by her pimp on Craigslist.
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Citizen’s Summit Gives 2010 Olympics Failing Grade
February 9, 2010

The Citizens Summit Against Sex Slavery, a coalition of non-governmental organizations in B.C., have given the 2010 Olympics a failing grade for taking inadequate steps to prevent sex trafficking related to the Games.

Front-line workers have rescued a number of women who were brought to Vancouver by their traffickers for the purpose of meeting the demand of visitors for paid sex acts.

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Sex for Sale & 2010 Olympics
February 8, 2010

Lorna Dueck's op/ed in today's Globe and Mail paints a grim picture of sexual exploitation at the 2010 Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver that begin on Friday.

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“Justice Undone”: BC Behind Rest of Canada
January 14, 2010

Maclean’s magazine argues that higher standards required to lay criminal charges in B.C. is having a negative effect on its ability to hold offenders accountable.

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Mississauga man charged with human trafficking
January 8, 2010

Randy Estick, who also goes by the name "Snappa," has been charged with two counts of human trafficking in York Region.

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Ontario's Human Trafficking Report Card
December 26, 2009

Prof. Perrin evaluated Ontario's progress in 2009 in combatting human trafficking in a year-end article in the Toronto Sun by reporter Tamara Cherry.

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Open Letter to the Senate on Bill C-268
December 16, 2009

In an open letter to the Senate, Prof. Perrin calls for an expeditious review of Bill C-268 to ensure child traffickers are held accountable, and their victims are protected. The legislation has yet to be referred to committee despite being before the Senate since October.

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Supreme Court of Canada Child Luring Decision
December 3, 2009

In a unanimous decision in R. v. Legare released today, the Supreme Court of Canada ruled that the Internet child luring law must not be interpreted unduly narrowly.

The decision is a victory for child protection advocates who were concerned with the original decision of the trial judge in this case. It will now go back for a re-trial.

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Calgary Human Trafficking Charges
December 2, 2009

On the International Day for the Abolish of Slavery, Calgary policed announce two human trafficking busts involving both foreign and Canadian victims.

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Crown Prosecutor Training
November 18, 2009
Vancouver, BC

Prof. Perrin is providing training and education to Crown prosecutors from across British Columbia on the new human trafficking offences in the Criminal Code, along with members of the RCMP and BC Office to Combat Trafficking in Persons (OCTIP).

National Judicial Institute Training
November 4, 2009
Ottawa, Ontario

Prof. Perrin provided judicial training and education to judges from across Canada in a workshop on human trafficking.

Senate Human Rights Committee
November 2, 2009

Appearing by video-conference, Prof. Perrin testified before the Senate Human Rights Committee for its study on child sexual exploitation in Canada.

The “Ocean Lady”: A New Challenge of Illegal Migration?
October 28, 2009
Vancouver, BC

Prof. Perrin hosted a forum on illegal migration, people smuggling and the refugee-determination process that was co-sponsored by UBC’s Faculty of Law and the Liu Institute for Global Issues, the Canadian Bar Association BC Branch and Metropolis BC.
Over 50 people attended along with media outlets including CTV, Omni and Fairchild TV.

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Alleged Pedophile Admits Risk to Offend
October 26, 2009

Canadian Orville Mader is wanted for arrest in Thailand and has admitted in a B.C. court that there are reasonable grounds to believe he is a risk to commit sex crimes against children.

Prof. Perrin commented on the case in a Canadian Press article, expressing concern that Mader has not faced justice for the serious allegations against him.

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Migrant Smuggling Op/Ed
October 22, 2009

In today’s Globe and Mail, Prof. Perrin writes about migrant smuggling and calls for greater action against those who profit from the transnational crime.

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Mysterious vessel of migrants intercepted off B.C. coast
October 19, 2009

Prof. Perrin comments in a Canadian Press article about the possible scenarios that could have brought 76 suspected illegal migrants to Canada that were intercepted off of Vancouver Island.

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Canada's response to sex slaves fails
October 18, 2009

Today's Toronto Sun editorial makes the case for a more pro-active response to human trafficking in Canada as Tamara Cherry's latest series on the problem begins.

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Global Forum on Human Trafficking
October 8-9, 2009

In San Diego, Prof. Perrin spoke at this event on a panel on legislation to combat trafficking in persons and a second panel on undermining trafficking rings.

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2009 International Sex Crime Conference
October 6, 2009

In Toronto, Prof. Perrin spoke to over 500 police officers and front-line social workers at this conference hosted by the Toronto Police Service about human trafficking and sexual exploitation.

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House of Commons Passes Bill C-268
September 30, 2009

The House of Commons historicaly voted to pass Bill C-268 tonight and send it to the Senate, with a vote of 239 in favour and 46 opposed (the Bloc Quebecois MPs along with NDP MPs Libby Davies, Bill Siksay and Leslie Megan).

Joy Smith, MP brought the Bill forward calling for stiffer child trafficking sentences in the Criminal Code based on Prof. Perrin’s research. It is the only one of 250 private member's bills to be approved by the House of Commons this Parliamentary session.

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B.C. Crime Prevention Symposium
September 26, 2009

Prof. Perrin delivered a training presentation to police officers and non-governmental organization representatives on "Human trafficking in Canada: Improving the Law Enforcement Response" in Surrey, BC.

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Edmonton Human Trafficking Case
September 10, 2009
Edmonton police have laid what are believed to be the first human trafficking charges in the city's history after an investigation into an alleged bawdy house in the west end.

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Research Assistant Positions (2009-2010)

Applications are now being accepted for research assistant positions with Prof. Perrin. The deadline to apply is Sept. 15 at Noon.

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Ending the Vacation of Canada’s Travelling Sex Offenders
July 22, 2009

A new study by Prof. Perrin finds that Canada has fallen behind Australia and the United States in cracking down on its travelling child sex offenders, and calls on the RCMP to pro-actively enforce Canada’s so-called “child sex tourism” laws.

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Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs Conference
July 8-9, 2009

UBC and the Maytree Foundation were sponsors of this two-day forum hosted by the Council of Manitoba Chiefs on preventing human trafficking and sexual exploitation of First Nations women and girls.

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Nova Scotia's First Human Trafficking Charge
July 5, 2009

"Operation Intercede" involved the Halifax Regional Police and Halifax RCMP, with help from body armour-wearing officers from five other provinces, to arrest 13 people on charges of trafficking in guns, drugs and women.

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North Vancouver RCMP Warns Parents
June 30, 2009

The RCMP detachment in North Vancouver is warning parents about a sex and drug trafficking ring that is forcing some teenage girls into prostitution on Craigslist.

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“Trafficking in Persons Hero” Award
June 16, 2009 

The U.S. State Department has recognized Prof. Perrin as one of nine “heroes” combating human trafficking worldwide – the first Canadian to receive the honour. See below for some of the media coverage:

Trafficking in Persons Report (2009)
June 16, 2009

Hillary Clinton, U.S. Secretary of State will be releasing the Trafficking in Persons Report (2009) at 10 AM-EDT in Washington, DC.

The annual report assesses countries around the world in their efforts to combat human trafficking. Professor Perrin is available to provide commentary. 

Craigslist Changes Coming to Canada?
May 17, 2009

The Canadian Press reports on meetings held between Prof. Perrin, the RCMP, an Ontario police force and Craigslist officials to address concerns about recent cases where the popular online bulletin board service was used to advertise victims of human trafficking for sale.

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Toronto Falls Behind in Trafficking Prosecutions
April 30, 2009

The arrest of Tyrone Dillon involves allegations that are a textbook case of human trafficking in Toronto. Yet, police have not laid that more serious charge.

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Bill C-268 Receives Strong Support
April 22, 2009

Bill C-268 (mandatory minimum sentences for child trafficking) received unanimous support at Second Reading from three national parties, the Liberals, Conservatives and NDP. With one honourable exception, the Bloc Party opposed Bill C-268. The final tally was 232 in favour and 47 opposed. Prof. Perrin has been working with Joy Smith, MP to build support for this important legislative amendment.

The Bill now moves to the Standing Committee on Justice. Following this, Bill C-268 returns to the House of Commons for two more hours of debate and a final vote. Applauded in House of Commons
March 24, 2009

The partnership between Not for Sale and Prof. Perrin to raise public awareness about human trafficking by launching was lauded in the House of Commons. 

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March 19, 2009 

Prof. Perrin and the UBC Human Trafficking Working Group have teamed up with David Batston’s “Not for Sale” campaign to create – a tool that will document cases of human trafficking in Canada.  

The website allows Canadians to view and post cases of modern-day slavery in their own region, and launched this week with ten cases already identified and mapped, including in B.C., Alberta, Ontario and Quebec. is an innovative tool to draw public attention to this serious crime and human rights violation.

Tougher Sentences for Child Trafficking Needed
March 12, 2009

In an article published online in the Alberta Law Review - Online Supplement, Prof. Perrin sets out the need for Bill C-268, which would impose a mandatory minimum of five years for child trafficking in Canada.

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Canada's Child Sex Offenders Abroad
March 7, 2009

CTV's W-Five recently aired an investigative report on Canada's limited success in pursuing its child sex offenders abroad.

Victor Malarek interviewed Prof. Perrin who called for more pro-active enforcement of Canada's extraterritorial child sex crime legislation in s. 7(4.1) of the Criminal Code.

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B.C. Supreme Court Upholds Child Sex Tourism Law
January 30, 2009

In R. v. Klassen, Justice Austin Cullen rejected a constitutional challenge to Canada's extraterritorial child sex tourism laws. Prof. Perrin commented on the landmark decision in national and local media, calling for more pro-active enforcement of this important legislation.

Click here to read a CTV report on the decision

Tougher Child Trafficking Sentences Proposed
January 29, 2009

Joy Smith, MP (Kildonan-St. Paul, MB) introduced Bill C-268 today. The Private Member's Bill would amend the Criminal Code to create a minimum sentence of 5 years imprisonment for trafficking minors. Prof. Perrin helped draft the proposal, which was covered by the media across the country. 

Government of Canada partners with Crime Stoppers to increase public awareness of human trafficking
January 15, 2009

Peter Van Loan, Minister of Public Safety, today announced a partnership between the Department of Public Safety, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and the Canadian Crime Stoppers Association to better inform the public about human trafficking through a national awareness campaign. Click here for more

BC Court of Appeal Increases Ng Sentence
January 7, 2009

Michael Ng was acquitted of human trafficking charges under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act but found convicted of lesser offences. Ng's sentence of 15 months imprisonment has been found to be "demonstrably unfit" on appeal and increased by one year. Click here for more

Third World Congress Against Sexual Exploitation of Children
November 25-28, 2008
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Over 170 countries participated in this international conference. Prof. Perrin was part of the Canadian delegation and chaired a workshop on efforts to combat child sexual exploitation in tourism. He also participated in negotiations on the Rio de Janeiro Pact and Plan of Action to Prevent and Stop Sexual Exploitation of Children and Adolescents.

The Rio Pact is open for consultation for 30 days and will then be finalized. To provide input, please contact Prof. Perrin. Click here to read the draft Rio Pact

Child Sexual Exploitation in Canada & U.S. in Global Spotlight
November 19, 2008

A joint Canada/U.S. report was released today and will be submitted to the World Congress III Against Sexual Exploitation of Adolescents and Children – a major international conference taking place in Rio de Janiero, Brazil next week. Prof. Perrin was one of the experts consulted in the preparation of the report. Click here to download the report.

Winnipeg Human Trafficking Conference
November 1, 2008

Over two hundred people attended this conference organized by Joy Smith, MP for Kildonan-St. Paul in Manitoba. Prof. Perrin spoke alongside representatives from the Winnipeg Police Department, Streetlight Support Services, the Salvation Army and the Kids Internet Safety Alliance. Click here to read coverage of this event

Vancouver Conference on Human Trafficking
Oct. 29-30, 2008 

Over 150 experts on human trafficking from Australia, Canada, the United Kingdom and the United States participated in a conference hosted by the B.C. Office to Combat Trafficking in Persons.

Rani Hong, a survivor of human trafficking who was brought through Canada delivered the keynote address.

Prof. Perrin presented new research findings about the protection of foreign victims and prosecution of domestic trafficking cases. Students from the Human Trafficking Working Group volunteered as rapporteurs.

Foreign Trafficking Victims in Canada
October 28, 2008

Prof. Perrin released Canada's first statistics on foreign victims of human trafficking identified by Citizenship and Immigration Canada. Implications of these findings will be presented at a conference later in the week.

There was significant national and international coverage of the findings with over 50 media outlets reporting the story across Canada and in China, India, Pakistan, Thailand and Romania. 

“Not For Sale” at UBC
October 24, 2008  

David Batstone (founder of the international “Not for Sale” campaign) spoke at the UBC Faculty of Law to a crowd of one hundred British Columbians and encouraged them to get active to combat modern-day slavery.

Dr. Batstone and Prof. Perrin met earlier to discuss collaboration between the UBC Human Trafficking Working Group and “Not for Sale”.

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Human Trafficking in Canada and Australia
Vancouver, BC
October 20, 2008

Dr. Andreas Schloenhardt and Prof. Perrin gave a talk on latest developments and future challenges related to human trafficking in these two counties at the Liu Institute for Global Issues.  Representatives from the RCMP, BC Office to Combat Trafficking in Persons and local NGOs attended.

Canada/U.S. Experts Meeting
October 2-3, 2008

Prof. Perrin participated in an experts meeting in Washington, DC as part of the lead up to the Third World Congress Against Sexual Exploitation of Children in Rio de Janiero, Brazil. A report on the consultation will be released in the coming weeks.

Sun Media Series of Human Trafficking
October 1, 2008

Reporter Tamara Cherry’s four-part series on human trafficking in Canada ran in newspapers across the country. Prof. Perrin provided commentary on the response by provincial governments. Click here for more.

Law Enforcement in Peace Support Operations
September 22, 2008

International law publisher Martinus Nifhoff has released a new book on this topic that features a chapter written by Prof. Perrin entitled “Apprehension of Indicted War Criminals: Lessons from the former Yugoslavia”.
Click here for more.

Ottawa Law Review Article
September 16, 2008

The latest edition of the Ottawa Law Review (Vol. 39, No. 2) features an article by Prof. Perrin entitled “Searching for Law While Seeking Justice: The Difficulties of Enforcing International Humanitarian Law in International Criminal Trials".

Humanitarian Workers Face Threats in the Field
September 1, 2008

The Journal of International Peace Operations published an article by Professor Perrin on the challenges faced by humanitarian works in conflict and post-conflict environments and the controversial decision of some to use private security companies.
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2010 Olympics and Human Trafficking
August 17, 2008 

Sun Media reports on plans to head off human trafficking risk at 2010 Olympics. Prof. Perrin provided commentary.
Click here to read the article

Study on B.C. as Human Trafficking Transit Point
August 1, 2008

Prof. Perrin has been awarded a $15,000 research grant from Metropolis B.C. to support a study to better understand the role of British Columbia as a transit point for human trafficking involving foreign nationals.
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Canada Considered Charging Christopher Neil
July 7, 2008

Prof. Perrin comments in today’s Globe and Mail about Canada’s under-enforced extraterritorial child sex crime legislation.
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Children for Sale on Craigslist
June 18, 2008

Despite its millions of users and various social benefits, there’s a dark side of Craigslist that most users don’t see.
Click here for more info.

CTVCanada must act on human trafficking: U.S. report
June 5, 2008

Canada AM interviews Prof. Perrin on Canada's law enforcement's efforts to combat human trafficking.
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U.S. Critical of Canada's Human Trafficking Record
June 4, 2008

"Over the last year, Canada increased victim protection and prevention efforts, but demonstrated limited progress on law enforcement efforts against trafficking offenders," said the eighth annual "Trafficking in Persons Report" released by U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.

Prof. Perrin is providing commentary on Canada's standing in the report in national, regional and local media.
Click here to read the report

Maclean’s Story on B.C. Crime
May 2008

The cover story of the latest issue of Maclean’s magazine cites Prof. Perrin regarding the prevalence of human trafficking in the province. Click here for more.

Canadian PressSecurity Concerns on Stolen Canadian Passports
May 14, 2008

The Canadian Press interviewed Prof. Perrin about the recent rise in lost and stolen Canadian passports in Spain and the security implications that it raises. Click here for more

Canadian pleads guilty to human trafficking
May 13, 2008

A former Toronto man has pleaded guilty to two counts of human trafficking in connection with forcing two young teens into prostitution. Click here for more.

Toronto Workshop on Human Trafficking
May 6, 2008

Prof. Perrin chaired a workshop on combating human trafficking in Canada at the Maytree Foundation’s annual leadership conference in Toronto, together with Detective Sergeant Michael Hamel of the Toronto Police Service Sex Crimes Unit and Brenda Wootten of the Salvation Army.

Participants included representatives from social service agencies, researchers, the Government of Ontario and the U.S. Consul General.

Humanitarian Assistance and Private Security
April 23, 2008 

The Canadian Red Cross and Liu Institute for Global Issues have published a working paper by Prof. Perrin entitled “Humanitarian Assistance and the Private Security Debate: An International Humanitarian Law Perspective” as part of their research project on the changing nature of armed conflict.
Click here to read the paper

Senate Hearing on Human Trafficking
April 14, 2008

The Senate Human Rights Committee heard expert testimony from Prof. Perrin as part of their review of Bill S-218 (Protection of Victims of Human Trafficking Act).

The need for direct legislative authority to provide legal status for trafficked persons was highlighted, along with several necessary amendments to the Bill.

Prof. Perrin concluded: "Human trafficking is a fundamental affront to our most basic commitment as a nation to protecting individual liberty and freedom. It must end in our time."

Child Sex Offender Laws Should Cross Borders
April 11, 2008

The Lawyers Weekly published an article by Prof. Perrin on the importance of Canada’s extraterritorial child sex offender laws, their validity under international law, and the need for greater enforcement to deter offenders. Click here to read the article.

Canadian PressStats on Canadian Child Sex Tourism Released
April 1, 2008 

The Canadian Press is reporting on statistics released today by Prof. Perrin, indicating that at least 146 Canadians faced charges overseas for sexually abusing children from 1993-2007.

The figures were obtained from the federal Justice Department through an Access to Information request.
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Harvard International Law Journal
March 31, 2008 

Prof. Perrin's research on private military and security companies is cited in the latest issue of the Harvard International Law Journal.  

Click here to read E.L. Gaston's article

Click here to read Prof. Perrin's original piece

Guns for Hire – With Canadian Tax Dollars
March 20, 2008

Canada has been hiring private security companies to do jobs that our military would traditionally do – including protecting our Prime Minister when he visits hotspots like Afghanistan.

Prof. Perrin explores this issue in the latest edition of the Human Security Bulletin. Click here to read more.

Peter Wall Institute
March 20, 2008

Prof. Perrin has been selected, along with nine other UBC researchers, to participate in the Early Career Scholars program at the Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies.

The Peter Wall Institute promotes interdisciplinary research at UBC and abroad. Click here for more.

Law & Society Talk
March 18, 2008

As part of the Law & Society speakers’ series, Prof. Perrin gave a talk outlining his 3-year research project on Canada’s response to human trafficking. The research is funded by the Maytree Foundation.

The event at the UBC Faculty of Law was attended by students, Faculty and interested people from the Vancouver-area

Canada-Australia Collaboration
March 12, 2008

To better understand and combat the problem of human trafficking, Prof. Perrin’s Human Trafficking Working Group will be collaborating with a newly formed similar group at the University of Queensland, headed up by Dr. Andreas Schloenhardt.

This unique partnership will compare findings and lessons learned about the problem of human trafficking in the two jurisdictions. Click here for more.

Prime Minister Commits to Combat Human Trafficking
March 8, 2008

On International Women's Day, Prime Minister Stephen Harper recognized the need to confront human trafficking in Canada and abroad.

"We are taking on the issue of human trafficking, which remains a growing concern for women and girls, in Canada and internationally", said Harper in a statement.

Summer Research Assistant Position
Feb. 27, 2008

Prof. Perrin is currently accepting applications from current UBC law students to work as a summer research assistant from May-August 2008. The deadline to apply is March 15. Click here for more.

Canadian aid workers in Haiti charged with sex crimes
February 20, 2008 

Armand Huard, 64, and Denis Rochefort, 59, aid workers from Quebec City face multiple charges
under Canada's extraterritorial child sex offender law for allegedly sexually abusing boys in Haiti. Prof. Perrin has provided commentary in national media on the significance of the prosecution. Click here for more

MaytreeMaytree Foundation Supports Human Trafficking Research
Feb. 13, 2008

The Maytree Foundation has approved a grant of $150,000, over 3 years, to Prof. Perrin to undertake a major project dealing with Canada’s involvement in human trafficking for sexual exploitation.

The project will document the nature and extent of Canada’s role in human trafficking, develop policy recommendations and undertake public awareness strategies. Click here for more.

Organ Trafficking Arrest
Feb. 8, 2008 

CTV Newsnet interviewed Prof. Perrin about organ trafficking in the wake of the arrest of Amit Kumar who is the alleged mastermind behind a kidney-harvesting ring in India.

Feds Reject Olympic Brothel
Feb. 8, 2008

Justice Minister Rob Nicholson has rejected opening a "co-op" brothel for the 2010 Winter Olympics.

Professor Perrin has come out in the media opposed to an Olympic brothel, arguing that it will only increase exploitation and not help the truly vulnerable. He has also authored a report on deterring human trafficking at the 2010 Olympic Games. Click here for more

CTV NewsCTV Panel on Bill C-17
Jan. 31, 2008

Prof. Perrin was a guest commentator on CTV's The Verdict with Dan Matheson. He discussed amendments to Canada's immigration law that could help authorities to detect and prevent human trafficking.

Upcoming Ottawa Law Review Article
Jan. 30, 2008 

The Ottawa Law Review will be publishing an article by Prof. Perrin this summer on the challenges faced by modern war criminal tribunals in deriving applicable law to deal with unresolved issues.  

This peer-reviewed article entitled "Searching for Law While Seeking Justice: The Difficulties of Enforcing International Humanitarian Law in International Criminal Trials" will appear this summer in Volume 39(2).

U.N. Profiles UBC Research
January 2, 2008

The U.N. Global Initiative to Fight Human Trafficking recently profiled Professor Perrin’s research initiative at UBC investigating human trafficking in Canada. Twelve law students are conducting legal and case research, while eighteen computer science students are competing in three teams to develop a prototype database to organize and analyze the information. Click here for more.

Canadian PressCanada Falls Behind in Prosecuting Child Sex Tourists
December 18, 2007

The Canadian Press interviewed Prof. Perrin for a year-end feature story on Canada's lax enforcement of its extraterritorial "child sex tourism" law. The story appeared in over a dozen media outlets. Click here to read more.

Salvation ArmySalvation Army Combats Human Trafficking
Dec. 7, 2007 

The Salvation Army hosted its annual "Hope in the City" fundraising luncheon in Vancouver today. This year’s focus is on how to assist victims of human trafficking in the Vancouver area. Prof. Perrin attended as one of the individuals advising the organization on this problem.

Cracking Down on Child Porn
Dec. 3, 2007 

Today's editorial in The Province (Vancouver) endorsed Prof. Perrin's approach to Manitoba's tough new child pornography laws. Click here for more.

Legal Duty to Report Child Porn
Nov, 30, 2007 

Canwest News Service interviewed Prof. Perrin about legislation introduced in Manitoba this week that would make it a crime for anyone in Manitoba to fail to report someone they suspect of possessing child pornography. Click here to read the story.

Story on Student-Faculty Research Initiative
Nov. 30, 2007

Amy Hadley of the The Ubyssey wrote an article about Prof. Perrin’s initiative to involve students in Faculty research, and the important contribution that they are making to examining human trafficking involving Canada. Click here for more.

Combating Human Trafficking in B.C.
Nov. 26, 2007

The UBC Human Trafficking Working Group hosted Robin Pike, Executive Director, Office to Combat Trafficking in Persons, Government of British Columbia. Ms. Pike discussed the Office's mandate and challenges ahead.

International Achievement Award
Nov. 21, 2007

The University of Calgary has recognized Prof. Perrin’s research and work on international issues by awarding him the Internationalization Achievement Award (alumni category). Before commencing his legal career, Prof. Perrin earned a degree in international business from Calgary. Click here for more.

Centre for Military & Strategic Studies Talk
Nov. 21, 2007

Prof. Perrin delivered a presentation of his research at the Centre for Military and Strategic Studies in Calgary entitled “Private Military and Security Companies: Implications for Humanitarian Norms in Conflict and Post-Conflict Environments”.

Talk on Private Military Companies
Nov. 14, 2007

The Liu Institute for Global Issues and the Centre of International Relations hosted Prof. Perrin's talk about his research into humanitarian standards in the age of private military and security companies. Around 75 Faculty members, students, representatives of civil society organizations and the public attended.

Senate Debate on Human Trafficking and 2010
Nov. 14, 2007

The Senate of Canada has started to discuss the implications of Prof. Perrin`s recent research findings related to human trafficking and the 2010 Olympics. Click here to read more.

Proposal for Olympic Brothel Slammed
Nov. 10, 2007

The Vancouver Sun's Daphne Bramham interviewed Prof. Perrin about why the idea floated by NDP MP Libby Davies for an Olympic brothel is misguided and will not alleviate the exploitation of women. Click here to read the story.

CBC - Radio Canada also interviewed Prof. Perrin in French about the story.

CTV Panel on Child Sex Offenders
Nov. 5, 2007

CTVThe Verdict with Paula Todd looked at the problem of Canadian child sex offenders abroad. Prof. Perrin was part of the legal roundtable on this CTV Newsnet show. Click here to view it.

Human Trafficking Risk at 2010 Olympics
November 1-2, 2007

Faster, Higher, Stronger: Preventing Human Trafficking at the 2010 Olympics examines lessons learned at international sporting events to mitigate the threat of human trafficking, and makes recommendations for 2010.

Prof. Perrin was the lead author of this report by The Future Group. Law students at UBC and U of T provided research support. Click here for more.

This report made local and national headlines across Canada, including in the Vancouver Sun, National Post, Canadian Press, CBC and CTV.

Second Canadian Caught for Thai Child Sex Allegations
Nov. 2, 2007

cbc newsworldOrville Frank Mader is wanted by Thai police for allegedly sexually abusing a young boy in Thailand. He has reportedly been arrested in Vancouver. Prof. Perrin provided analysis to CBC Newsworld and CBC Radio outlets across the country on the case.

Private Members Bill on Human Trafficking
Oct. 30, 2007

National PostConservative MP Joy Smith will introduce a private member's bill that targets human trafficking. The National Post interviewed Prof. Perrin for the story. Click here for more.

Canada Lax in Pursuing Child Sex Tourists
Oct.21, 2007

The Toronto Star interviewed Prof. Perrin about Canada's lack lustre approach to investigating allegations of child sex tourism by its nationals, and what can be done to protect children overseas. Click here to read the story.

Alleged Canadian Pedophile Arrested in Thailand
Oct. 17-19, 2007

The Vancouver Sun interviewed Prof. Perrin regarding the case of Canadian Christopher Paul Neil, 32, who is facing charges in connection with alleged child sex offences in Thailand, Vietnam and Cambodia. Click here to read the story.

When Mr. Neil was arrested, Prof. Perrin was the lead commentator on CBC Radio programs in Halifax, Thunder Bay, Toronto, Calgary, Vancouver, Victoria, Whitehorse and Yellowknife.

Regulating Private Military Companies
Oct. 10, 2007 

The Globe and Mail published a column today by Prof. Perrin related to allegations that Blackwater USA personnel killed 17 Iraqis and wounded 24 others in a Baghdad incident last month. He argues that nongovernmental initiatives are helpful to improve future behaviour of these firms, but that governments, including Canada's, must improve oversight of private security companies.

Liu Institute for Global Issues
Oct. 2007

Prof. Perrin has been named Faculty Associate at the Liu Institute for Global Issues. The Liu Institute is a research centre at UBC that pursues policy-relevant research on emerging international issues. Click here for more info.

Human Trafficking Working Group - Info. Session
September 27, 2007

Approximately 70 UBC law students and members of the community attended an information session with Prof. Perrin to hear about human trafficking, see undercover video footage from the field, and learn about how to get involved in Faculty research in this area. Interested students should email a statement of interest by October 3rd. Click here for more information.

CBC Radio Interviews Prof. Perrin
September 24, 2007 

cbc radioCBC's "On the Coast" interviewed Prof. Perrin about human trafficking in Vancouver in the context of the 2010 Olympics. He explained the scope of the problem, and applauded Premier Gordon Campbell's government for recently creating the B.C. Office to Combat Trafficking in Persons. Proper funding and resources will help it to effectively do its job.

Foreign Policy & Non-State Actors
September 23, 2007

c2c logoProfessor Perrin writes in C2C: Canada's Journal of Ideas that non-state actors can no longer be ignored in the development and implementation of foreign policy by conservative governments. Instead, he sets out a new model to directly engage non-state actors in order to advance national interests. Click here to read the article.

Westender Story on Human Trafficking
September 20, 2007

Professor Perrin is interviewed along with representatives from the Vancouver Rape Relief and Women’s Shelter, Canadian Association of Sexual Assault Centres and Vancouver Police Department’s Vice Unit about the problem of human trafficking in the city. Click here to read the story.

Vancouver: A Hub for Human Trafficking
September 12, 2007

NEWS 1130 aired a radio interview with Professor Perrin on Vancouver's vulnerability to human traffickers. Click here to read the transcript.

Reforming Canada's Record on Human Trafficking  
September 6, 2007

Professor Benjamin Perrin, Photo by Martin Dee, UBC ReportsLorraine Chan recently wrote a story for UBC Reports profiling Professor Perrin's work combatting human trafficking in Canada and abroad. Click here to read the story.

Legal Eye Interview
September 5, 2007

The UBC Faculty of Law student newspaper, Legal Eye, recently interviewed Professor Perrin as a new faculty member about why he decided to come to UBC, his research interests and tips for incoming law students. Click here to read the story.

LSSInstitute for Liberal Studies Seminar
August 19, 2007

Professor Perrin was a guest speaker at the Institute for Liberal Studies annual summer seminar, held just outside Toronto, Ontario. His presentation entitled “Freedom as a Core Principal to Overcome Complex Social Problems: The Case of Human Trafficking” explored modern-day forms of slavery from a classical liberal perspective.

Action Canada Fellowship Awarded
August 13, 2007

Professor Perrin is among 17 Canadians selected for the Action Canada Fellowship (2007-2008). The fellowship is for $20,000 and is focused on Canadian foreign policy issues. For more information and biographies of the new Fellows, please visit










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