|Sun columnist Michele Mandel|
Mandel’s two-part series - Young Girls Lured with Promises of Better Lives and False Hope of a Human Trafficking Victim won this year’s award in the English print category.
The series tells how young girls trying to escape abusive homes and other troubles can become sex slave victims.
“It is such an honour to win this award. Beyond Borders is an amazing non-profit organization that advocates against child sexual abuse and exploitation and being able to do my small part through the stories I wrote for the Sun is extremely rewarding,” Mandel said.
The child rights advocacy group has been honouring journalists for coverage of child sexual exploitation since 2002.
“These stories bring awareness to Canadians and need to be told. Having knowledge gives us the power to fight child exploitation and advocate for the rights of children,” said Christine Krahn-Matias, coc-hairman of the media awards.
The awards ceremony will be held Nov. 16 in Winnipeg at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights.
Congratulations Michele, you are my hero today. God bless you. Keep up the great work.