Canadian country-music star Paul Brandt will be honoured for his humanitarian work by the Canadian Country Music Association.
The “Alberta Bound” singer will receive the 2019 Slaight Music Humanitarian Award for his efforts in raising awareness to end child sexual exploitation and sex trafficking in Canada with his #NotInMyCity movement.
The annual award honours an individual who has made an exceptional contribution of time and energy to support humanitarian causes.
Brandt launched the #NotInMyCity movement in July 2017 to educate and unite Canadians in the fight to protect our citizens against the unfortunate realities of human trafficking.
“Human trafficking is one of the fastest-growing crimes in Canada today,” said Brandt. According to a press release, 75 per cent of people working in the Canadian sex trade began working as a child and more than a quarter of victims are under the age of 18.
“On behalf of the millions of human trafficking victims in the world, I am moved to be receiving the Slaight Music Humanitarian Award recognizing the #NotInMyCity movement. We must end the sexual exploitation and sex trafficking of children for profit occurring in Canada and around the world.”
By working with a list of established businesses and organizations, #NotInMyCity looks to combat human trafficking.
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“Using his platform, he has become a strong voice for those affected by the horrible crimes of child sexual exploitation and sex trafficking in Canada and we are in awe of the change he is creating,” said CCMA president Tracy Martin. “The CCMA is honoured to recognize #NotInMyCity and Paul’s remarkable efforts to bring attention to this urgent issue in our country.”
Brandt will be presented with the award at Country Music Week 2019, taking place September 5-8 in Calgary.