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A big thank you from Jessie´s mom Glendene

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Post by Pedro Silva on Mon Sep 13, 2010 2:27 am

Kenney calls for minimum sentences for smugglers

Migrants are escorted from the MV Sun Sea after the vessel arrived at CFB Esquimalt in British Columbia last month. (Jonathan Hayward/Canadian Press)Meanwhile, Immigration Minister Jason Kenney said Parliament needs to consider minimum jail sentences for human smugglers to send a message to those who seek profit through exploiting desperate migrants.

Kenney made the comments on Monday during a meeting with other European leaders in Paris on the issue of human smuggling.

Critics and some legal experts have questioned what, if anything, the government can do to prevent future migrant ships from arriving in Canada.

As a signatory to the UN Convention on Refugees, Canada is obliged not to send migrants who have reached Canada's territorial waters back to their own country if they face persecution there.

The Supreme Court of Canada ruled in 1985 that all people in Canada were protected under the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. The ruling gives asylum-seekers who enter Canadian territory the legal right to a refugee status hearing before facing potential removal from the country, provided they are not deemed a threat to public safety.

Letters from representatives of those who were on the ship claim the ethnic Tamil population in Sri Lanka still faces harsh treatment since the end of the bloody, decades-long civil war between government forces and separatist Tamil rebels.

The Sri Lankan government has steadfastly denied such claims and insists the country is at peace since last year's defeat of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, also known as the Tamil Tigers.

The Tamil Tigers were outlawed in Canada as a terrorist group in 2006 for their use of child soldiers and suicide bombers during the country's 25-year civil war, which killed an estimated 70,000 people.

With files from The Canadian Press Read more: http://www.cbc.ca/politics/story/2010/09/07/toews-human-smuggling-tamil-ship.html#ixzz0z06a2gcz

The following 'Feds ask for public's help with human trafficking by Brian Lilley, Parliament Bureau' is from the CNews website: http://cnews.canoe.ca/CNEWS/Politics/2010/09/07/15269211.html

OTTAWA — If you frequent escort services, massage parlours or strip clubs, the RCMP and the federal government want you to know you may be supporting a crime: human trafficking.

Public Safety Minister Vic Toews joined the RCMP and Crime Stoppers Canada to announce simultaneous public awareness campaigns to educate the public on the issue of human trafficking.

"Today's announcement seeks to engage all Canadians in recognizing and reporting when exploitation due to human trafficking is going on around them," Toews said.

"Human trafficking is an insidious form of modern-day slavery in our communities," said Benjamin Perrin. Perrin, a law professor at the University of British Columbia and author of the soon-to-be published Invisible Chains: Canada's Underground World of Human Trafficking.

"Only when many more Canadians learn about the ruthlessness of traffickers and the help that victims need can we confront this hidden national tragedy," said Perrin.

Whether they want to or not, Canadians are about to learn more about human trafficking.

The RCMP Human Trafficking National Co-ordination Centre has launched an awareness campaign called "I'm not for sale." The campaign will provide resources to police services and local charities working to end human trafficking.

Crime Stoppers is launching the , which will inform the public about how to identify and report cases of possible human trafficking.

"Awareness is key in this type of activity," said RCMP deputy commissioner Raf Souccar. Bringing awareness to the public and allowing them to provide tips anonymously through Crime Stoppers will likely result in more charges, Souccar said.

NDP immigration critic Olivia Chow said she supports the government's push for a public awareness campaign, even if it's late. Chow points out that Britain launched its own Blue Blindfold campaign in 2007 and claims it has been a success.

Still Chow said more needs to be done for the victims of trafficking.

"At the end of the day, publicity will not convict the criminal," said Chow. "Publicity will expose the criminal but they will continue with their crime until they are caught."

Chow said victims must be given a comprehensive support system including a safe place to stay if they speak out against their traffickers. Victims should also be allowed to stay in Canada if they would be in danger of physical harm or of being retrafficked if returned home.

In June, Parliament passed private member's bill C-268. Initiated by Conservative MP Joy Smith, the bill altered the Criminal Code to add a mandatory minimum sentence of five years for anyone who was found guilty of trafficking in minors.


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For more information:

http://www.rcmp-grc.gc.ca/ht-tp/publications/poster-affiche-sale-vendre-eng.htm

http://www.canadiancrimestoppers.org/?content/human_trafficking.html

http://www.endmoderndayslavery.ca/



MP JOY SMITH's BLUE BLINDFOLD CAMPAIGN ANNOUNCEMENT

The email below is one I got from MP Joy Smith's office explaining it best.

There are also three websites listed there that go into greater detail about it.

From: SmithJ8@parl.gc.ca

Sent: Tuesday, September 07, 2010 1:16 PM

Subject: MP Joy Smith welcomes launch of national human trafficking awareness campaign

Office of Joy Smith, M.P. Kildonan-St. Paul

Bureau de Joy Smith, députée Kildonan-St. Paul

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

September 7, 2010 News Release

MP Joy Smith welcomes launch of national human trafficking awareness campaign

Winnipeg, MB: Today, Joy Smith, Member of Parliament for Kildonan – St. Paul joined Public Safety Minister Vic Toews to announce the launch of a national human trafficking awareness campaign.

"As a former educator, I have always advocated education and awareness as our greatest weapons against human trafficking and child exploitation," said MP Joy Smith. "Equipping Canadians to recognize and report human trafficking is essential to ending this modern day form of slavery."

The federal department of Public Safety will partner with the RCMP and the Canadian Crime Stoppers Association to launch the Crime Stoppers "Blue Blindfold" Campaign. The campaign will educate the public on human trafficking and provide tools for Canadians to join the fight against human trafficking.

"I commend our government for taking this important step forward to combat trafficking in persons," said MP Joy Smith. "Human trafficking is an egregious form of exploitation that impacts all corners of our nation. By engaging all Canadians, we can effectively fight human trafficking within our borders and protect our most vulnerable citizens."

The RCMP Human Trafficking National Coordination Centre (HTNCC) has been working with Crime Stoppers to train Crime Stoppers members and staff in the call center receiving tips from the national human trafficking tip line. The HTNCC has also produced a human trafficking tool kit for law enforcement, non-governmental organizations and the Canadian public.

MP Joy Smith is one of Canada's leading human trafficking abolitionists and most recently succeeded in amending Canada's Criminal Code to include an offence of trafficking in minors. Bill C-268 provides a minimum sentence of five years imprisonment for anyone convicted of trafficking a minor in Canada and a minimum of six years imprisonment for cases with aggravating factors. First introduced on January 29, 2009, by MP Joy Smith, Bill C-268 has attracted broad national support and received Royal Assent on June 29, 2010.


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For information on MP Joy Smith's work on human trafficking, please visit: http://www.joysmith.ca

For information on the RCMP's Human Trafficking National Coordination Centre, please visit the website: http://www.rcmp-grc.gc.ca/ht-tp/index-eng.htm

For information about the Blue Blindfold Campaign, please visit: http://www.canadiancrimestoppers.org/?content/human_trafficking.html

Crime Stoppers national human trafficking tip line is 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

For further information please contact:

Joel Oosterman, Chief of Staff

Office of Joy Smith, MP

Phone: (613) 220-6795

Email: smithj8@parl.gc.ca



SEVEN HUMAN TRAFFICKING ARTICLES by JEREMY DEUTSCH of K.T.W.

Many of you already know that I have been volunteering my time with my local Kamloops & District Crime Stoppers doing human trafficking education presentations in high schools in my area. One of our local newspapers, Kamloops This Week, has a reporter, Jeremy Deutsch, who has personally attended one of my presentations so he can also help bring human trafficking awareness. He has written several articles, I am posting them below:

In March 2010, Kamloops This Week published a four-part series on human trafficking, written by staff reporter Jeremy Deustch. What follows is the complete series of Modern-Day Slavery: The four-part KTW series on human smuggling in its entirety by Jeremy Deutsch. Since then Jeremy has written several articles about Jessie's case and human trafficking.

March 17, 2010 – Modern-Day Slavery PART I: A SURVIVOR'S TALE FROM THE MEAN STREETS

March 19, 2010 – Modern-Day Slavery PART II: IT'S HAPPENING IN KAMLOOPS

March 24, 2010 – Modern-Day Slavery PART III: OPENING INNOCENT EYES

March 26, 2010 – Modern-Day Slavery PART IV: A MOTHER'S AGONIZING ODYSSEY

April 22, 2010 – CITY MOM TO GIVE INPUT ON HUMAN-TRAFFICKING BILL

June 15, 2010 – VALLEYVIEW STUDENTS GET 'REALITY CHECK' ON HUMAN TRAFFICKING

September 09, 2010 – OTTAWA HELPS FIGHT TRAFFICKING



PART I: A SURVIVOR`S TALE FROM THE MEAN STREETS

March 17, 2010 by Jeremy Deutsch, Kamloops This Week

It was a frightening proposition Heather Cameron just can't shake from her mind.

On one of the many nights she would spend on the streets of Vancouver's Downtown Eastside, a familiar john offered her $500 to lure a 14-year-old girl to join the pair for sex.

Money is always tempting to a drug addict, but Cameron couldn't do it.

"I remember that scaring me," she told KTW.

She took a pass on the proposal.

It was an ironic situation for the Kamloops resident to find herself in as Cameron was a victim of a form of human trafficking — even if she couldn't identify her plight at the time.

While experts tend to define human trafficking as an individual who either recruits, transports or controls someone for the purpose of exploitation, it's a rather sterile definition to a teenager caught up in a world of addiction and prostitution.

Cameron's journey began long before those two words would enter this country's criminal lexicon.

The blonde-haired mother of two grew up in an upper middle-class home in Kamloops.

She attended Aberdeen elementary and Sahali secondary schools.

On the outside, Cameron was the girl next door.

Inside, however, she struggled with self-esteem issues throughout her childhood and what she calls "the disease of addiction."

She began her dark behaviour by cutting herself.

When Cameron was 13, she was placed in a psychiatric ward and put on medication, but she progressed to an eating disorder and heavy drinking.

Her family did the best they could, but no one could figure out was wrong with her.

Once she got a taste of hard drugs as a teen, Cameron was hooked.

At the age of 15, she tried crack for the first time with a boyfriend several years older.

The pair then befriended a drug dealer in town who introduced her to heroin.

That's when her drug use spiraled out of control.

"Looking back now, even though I wasn't prostituting, it's sexual favours for drugs is how it started," Cameron said.

At 18, the former A-student married a man who made her work the streets of Vancouver as a prostitute.

Cameron said she had no idea what she was getting into.

"When you hear human trafficking, you think it will be upfront or you'll know the warning signals," she said.

"It's a slow, progressive, subtle process. All of the sudden, you're in it and you're trapped.

"I remember looking around and thinking, 'How did I get here? This is insane. '"

She naively thought the drug dealers were being nice, but she was never in control.

"The dealers will give you dope if you work right after," she said.

At first, Cameron's husband convinced her she didn't have to sleep with the men. She just had to bring them back to their apartment so they could get the cash to buy drugs.

But, as her habit progressed, she became fully entrenched in the lifestyle.

After the short-lived marriage, she met the father of her soon-to-be first child and moved to the poorest neighbourhood in Canada — right on the corner of Main and Hastings streets in Vancouver.

"At that point, it's very normal down there. It's not like anyone calls anyone their pimp. It's very normal that you need protection," she said.

She eventually became pregnant with her first daughter, finding out in a less than glamorous way — while languishing in jail.

Cameron tried to go to detox several times, but it only fuelled her boyfriend' anger.

"It's scary to leave," she said.

"The scariest thing for me ever was to leave that five-block radius."

But, 30 days before her due date and fearing the loss of her unborn child, Cameron summoned the courage to make a call.

"I didn't want to lose that kid, like so many other women down there," Cameron said.

She phoned her mom.

"Come get me tomorrow," she desperately pleaded with her mother.

It would be the last night Cameron would spend on the streets of Vancouver.

The next day, her family picked her up and drove her home.

Now 27, Cameron runs Mothers For Recovery.

As part of the Kamloops Family Resource Society, the grassroots agency lends support to mothers or pregnant women who are trying to break their addiction — the same situation Cameron was in just a few years earlier.

But the road back to reclaiming her life wasn't as easy as the three-hour drive up the Coquihalla Highway.

Upon her return to Kamloops in 2004, Cameron stayed off drugs for five months, until she relapsed.

She looked for services in counselling to help her leave the sex trade, but felt there wasn't enough being offered to keep her clean.

After three more years on the streets of Kamloops, it finally clicked for Cameron and she got clean.


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But it was an effort she describes as a "long process."

She credits her sobriety to having other female friends who were fighting the same, horrible battle.

"I never had that before, like friends," Cameron said.

"I was very isolated. It was me and him in our apartment and that's what my world revolved around," she said.

Years later, Cameron remains haunted by her time on the streets.

"That's the thing that screws my head the most — the flashbacks around the sex trade —

"Those memories and traumas."



Part II: IT`S HAPPENING IN KAMLOOPS

March 19, 2010 by Jeremy Deutsch, Kamloops This Week

It could easily begin with a smile or a Facebook poke.

It might then progress to a gift or a secret rendezvous.

Often, a vulnerable teenage girl is the target.

She'll be showered with gifts and given access to any drug imaginable. Without even suspecting a thing, the teen is being groomed for a life of prostitution.

They are common tactics used to lure young Canadian girls from their homes into a life of modern-day slavery.

According to one leading expert on the issue of domestic human trafficking, it's happening right here in Kamloops.

Benjamin Perrin, an assistant professor at the UBC faculty of law, has studied human trafficking for several years and has just completed a two-year study on Canada's involvement in the issue.

His research has found that, not only do trafficking rings operate in larger cities, but they're active in smaller communities — recruiting young women from towns in the Interior of B.C.

In many cases, girls are lured to cities like Vancouver or across the border by lavish promises from a "boyfriend".

They'll offer drugs or gifts, such as a free airline ticket to a vacation destination.

But, in the end, the victim — often through the threat of violence — ends up being sold for sex.

"Kamloops has come up in our research as an area where traffickers have engaged in efforts to recruit Canadian victims," Perrin told KTW.

Social-media websites like Facebook and MySpace have made it easier for traffickers to operate across vast geographical areas with the push of a button.

One of the highest-profile suspected cases of human trafficking in Western Canada is that of Jessie Foster.

The Kamloops woman went missing in the spring of 2006 after moving to Las Vegas with a boyfriend.

If getting caught up in human trafficking appears easy, getting out is a different story.

The underground nature of the crime makes it difficult for law enforcement to detect it within a community.

According to Perrin, the traffickers — most of them men — have ties to violent street gangs.

The federal government made human smuggling a criminal-code offence in 2005, but Perrin argued the province has been slow in prosecuting human traffickers.

While Perrin noted 30 active RCMP files of trafficking, not a single person has been convicted of the crime in B.C.

The province has also created an office to combat trafficking — but the B.C. Office to Combat Trafficking in Persons (OCTIP) has six staff members whose primary focus is on Victoria and Vancouver.

Perrin suggested there is little offered for Canadian victims of trafficking in the way of counselling, shelter or exit programs from life in the sex trade.

There is also little help for communities to defend against the growing scourge.

"We don't see the same level of support for victims of human trafficking in our country as we witness in other jurisdictions," Perrin said.

Instead, he said, victims are often left to fend for themselves once they are identified and rescued.

But the head of OCTIP said the agency's intention is to pull together in a variety of communities the same sort of network of services it has on the Coast.

"Not building anything new, but linking and training the various community partners and agencies that would be involved," Robin Pike, the executive director of OCTIP, told KTW.

The groups would include social agencies, child-protection workers and law enforcement.

Besides providing education and awareness programs, OCTIP works with the police when it encounters a situation of human trafficking.

Pike noted the agency has been to Kamloops to bring public awareness to the issue, but it hasn't been asked to help specifically on any cases in Kamloops.

Pike couldn't say just how large a problem domestic human trafficking has become.

"We just know there is a fair amount of movement of women," she said, noting the agency has been involved in 50 different cases in the last year.

OCTIP hopes to start a greater public-awareness campaign this year. Pike said the first step is to help communities understand what human trafficking looks like.

If human trafficking is happening in Kamloops, it hasn't come to the attention of the local RCMP.

Kamloops Mounties said they have yet to deal with a single trafficking file, nor do they have members set aside to deal with any cases.

Complaints of human trafficking are typically dealt with out of RCMP offices in Vancouver.

However, if there was an incident reported, RCMP Const. Pat Nagy said, police would treat it like any other file, with the seriousness of the complaint determining where on the investigative ladder it would fall.

MANY CITY MINORS 'OWNED' BY GANGS

Experts on human trafficking say there isn't enough being done to help women once they get out of the sex trade.

It was the same helpless feeling that drove Kamloops' Heather Cameron, a former prostitute, to create Mothers For Recovery.

The grassroots agency lends support to mothers or pregnant women who are trying break their addiction.

Cameron spent years on streets of Vancouver before finally getting free in 2004 (her story was featured in the March 17 edition of KTW and can be read online at http://www.kamloopsthisweek.com).

But, when she returned to Kamloops, she had trouble staying clean and out of the lifestyle.

Cameron believes part of the problem is the general attitude to the local sex-trade industry.

"It's such a hidden thing, especially behind closed doors in Kamloops," she said.

Cameron knows just how much of a problem the lure of prostitution is in the city. When she began her agency in 2007, she surveyed 30 mothers and found 17 were involved in the sex trade.

The AIDS Society of Kamloops' SHOP (Social and Health Options for Persons in the Sex Trade program) has 94 open sex-trade client files.

An open file refers to someone who has had contact with SHOP in the past year.

That's mostly at street level and doesn't include escort agencies and massage parlours.

Heidi Starr, the SHOP co-ordinator, said the number of sex-trade workers in Kamloops is disproportionate for the size of the city.

She contends many of the minors involved in prostitution are owned by local gangs, often caught up in the lifestyle after being lured by a supposed "boyfriend" and a promise of drugs.

Starr said communities like Kamloops are popular recruiting grounds for human traffickers because there is the promise of going to bigger cities, like Vancouver.

After spending years in the trade, Cameron has some well-earned advice for teens who may find themselves in her shoes.

"Learn to listen to your own intuition," she said. "If I look back, I know that feeling in my tummy told me something was wrong and I never listened to it.

"I got to the point where I could block it out."

In addition, Cameron said it is crucial that young girls find women to look up to and confide in. Though it might not be a parent, Cameron said it can be someone who is safe and confidential.


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KEEPING YOUR EYES OPEN

They are the signs of modern-day human slavery.

A growing number of teenage girls are being targeted and recruited into the sex trade, in what is effectively human trafficking.

While the crime is difficult to detect, experts say there are warning signs parents and teacher can look for.

According to Benjamin Perrin, an assistant professor at the UBC Faculty of Law, the signs a teen is falling victim to human trafficking include unexplained absences from school, an inability to keep a regular schedule, bruising and depression.

In some cases, there could be some form of branding on body parts, like a tattoo.



PART III: OPENING INNOCENT EYES

March 24, 2010 by Jeremy Deutsch, Kamloops This Week

At first glance, it would appear Mark Price and Glendene Grant would never need to cross paths.

Price is a gruff former cop who now heads the Kamloops and District Crime Stoppers Society.

Grant is a quiet mother of four and grandmother who worked at the Convergys call centre in Valleyview until recently being laid off.

But tragic circumstances have brought the two together for a very important project.

Grant's daughter, Jessie Foster, went missing after moving to Las Vegas with a boyfriend in the spring of 2006.

Her disappearance is a case of suspected human trafficking.

Since then, Grant has worked tirelessly to find her.

Today, the cop and the mom are teaming up to educate Kamloops teens on the growing problem of human trafficking.

The pair will be a part of a three-person, 45-minute presentation at local high schools that will touch on two aspects of modern-day slavery — trafficking into the sex trade and slave labour in the global trade market.

The presentations will target senior grades in a classroom setting.

Grant hopes to use Jessie's story as a warning to other teens, so they can avoid being lured into slavery.

"The kids need to learn while they're in school that they could be a potential victim at that age," Grant said.

No one knows that better than Grant herself.

While her daughter was seen as beautiful, she said she wasn't as self-confident as she appears in her photos.

Grant said it's easy for a girl with low self-esteem to be drawn to somebody who compliments her.

"Unfortunately, she [Jessie] fell victim to someone who gained her trust while still in high school," she said.

For her presentation, Grant has put together a short video, set to music, filled with pictures that encapsulate Jessie's story.

Experts on human trafficking say victims are often too afraid to come forward and get help.

Grant believes that was the case with her daughter.

That's where Price and his organization come in.

Crime Stoppers International has been involved in human-trafficking education campaigns for several years.

Price intends to tell the kids that, if they are being targeted and don't know where to turn, they can call Crime Stoppers.

"They can phone in and feel safe," he said.

The idea for the program was actually the brainchild of Debra Noel, a member of the Catholic Women's League.

She was interested in the subject and figured Grant and Price would be the perfect duo to talk to kids.

Noel said she wants to shine a spotlight on human trafficking and offer solutions to teens to avoid getting caught up in the sex trade.

"As I think about it more, often it bugs me that people don't know enough about it," she said.

"The problem of slavery is very well hidden. People get locked away and no one sees them."

Noel will be presenting the slave-labour portion of the program.

While the group has just started putting a package together to bring to the schools, there's already interest in the presentation.

St. Ann's Academy, an independent Catholic school, has expressed interest, and Noel is confidant public schools in the Kamloops-Thompson district will follow.

Grant hopes the program will make its way through every school in the district and beyond.

"Even if all they saw was the video, I think it would be extremely effective," she said.

THE HUMAN COST OF SMUGGLING

•Trafficking in Canada has consequences estimated between $120 million and $400 million per year and accounts for approximately 8,000 to 16,000 people arriving annually in Canada illegally.

— Organized Crime Impact Study, Solicitor General of Canada

•Although accurate statistics on human trafficking are hard to obtain, the U.S. State Department estimates between 600,000 and 800,000 people are trafficked across international borders every year.

Of these, 80 per cent are women and girls and up to 50 per cent are minors.

The International Labour Organization estimates there are 12.3 million victims of forced labour (including sexual servitude) at any given time.

Other estimates range from four million to 27 million.

The RCMP estimates between 600 and 800 victims are trafficked into Canada each year, while another 1,500 to 2,200 persons are trafficked through Canada to the United States annually.

Trafficking in people ranks with the drug trade and arms smuggling as a major source of revenue for organized crime.

The U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigations estimates the trade in human life generates global profits approaching $10 billion annually.

— The Evangelical Fellowship of Canada



PART IV: A MOTHER'S AGONIZING ODYSSEY

March 26, 2010 by Jeremy Deutsch, Kamloops This Week

Flipping through the pages of the neatly organized newspaper clippings of Jessie Foster is like opening a vault to a heart-wrenching mystery.

With each turn, her bright hazel eyes, blonde hair and slightly roguish smile still seem to light up the pages.

But the images are in contrast to a brutal reality.

They were captured before the 21-year-old Kamloops resident vanished in 2006 after moving to Las Vegas with a boyfriend, a case of suspected human trafficking.

Four years later, that vault of stories is her mother Glendene Grant's bible.

The collection also represents the crusade-like efforts by the mother of four to find her daughter and shine a spotlight on the issue of human trafficking.

Monday (March 28) will mark the four-year anniversary since Jessie was last seen alive.

She would be turning 26 in May.

Foster's disappearance is a disturbing tale of modern-day slavery that has hit close to home for many in the Kamloops community.

Grant believes Jessie was lured to Las Vegas by a boyfriend who eventually forced her into prostitution.

She spoke with Jessie on the phone just days before she went missing.

At the time, Grant recalled having a sense something just wasn't right with her daughter.

There was something in Jessie's voice in those last phone calls that didn't sit well.

Grant was close to Jessie and assumed the adventurous girl would open up.

She didn't find out what kind of living hell her daughter was living in until it was too late.

"I knew better, but I didn't think it was happening," she said.

Following Jessie's disappearance, Grant learned her daughter, who had maintained regular contact with her family, had previously been arrested by Las Vegas police for prostitution.

Jessie was last seen by her boyfriend, Peter Todd, a Jamaican national authorities have labeled a pimp.

Up until Jessie's disappearance, Grant thought of human trafficking as a Third-World problem.

That was until the crime came crashing through her white picket fence.

She never thought her own daughter would end up in an international human-trafficking ring. She hopes her struggle will serve as a reminder to parents to talk their kids and not take answers to their queries at face value.

As the days turned into weeks, then months and now years, Grant has never given up hope the daughter she held in her arms countless times will someday return.

"My heart just isn't telling me she's dead," she told KTW.

"I can't argue with that."

But Grant has not been sitting idly by, waiting for Jessie to walk through her front door.

Instead, she has worked with a dogged determination to find her daughter in the years following her disappearance, along the way educating others on the shadowy world of human trafficking.

Besides the dozens of stories in the media, including appearances on America's Most Wanted and The Montel Williams Show, Grant hired a private investigator, flew to Las Vegas twice to hold her own search, held fundraisers, created websites and acquainted herself with various social media.

Grant is also teaming up with the Kamloops and District Crime Stoppers Society to give a presentation to local schools on the subject of human trafficking.

Most importantly, she will tell Jessie's story to anyone who will listen with a kind ear.

Grant conceded her effort has almost become an obsession.

Her laptop computer rarely leaves her side.

"Not one person out there considered missing deserves to be missing and have their case sitting in a drawer," she said.

But the preoccupation has taken its toll on Grant, both mentally and financially. Her teenaged daughter recently divulged to her that she can't wait until Jessie is found so she can get her mom back.

Surely a sad admission, but even if Jessie were found today, Grant said she can't go back to being the mother she once was.

"That mom is forever gone," she said.

Grant also decided to take on the stress of Jessie's cause alone, so the rest of the family can move on and try to live a normal life.

"Even if I don't get Jessie back and, even if anything I've ever done will prevent one child from going missing, all that I've done was so worth it," she said.

Matters were only made worse after she was laid off from her job at the Convergys call centre in November. Grant has spent thousands of dollars of her own money in the last four years in her search for her daughter.

While those efforts have left her near-destitute, none of that seems to matter to Grant.

All she wants is Jessie to come home.

GRANT'S JOURNEY CONTINUES

While the case of Jessie Foster appears to have gone cold for investigators, it hasn't for her mother, Glendene Grant.

The Kamloops resident has led a crusade to find her daughter and keep Jessie's case in the media spotlight.

To mark the four-year anniversary of Foster's disappearance, Grant will be flying to Vancouver for an interview on CTV's Canada AM program on Monday, March 29.

She will be joined by forensic artist Diana Trepkov, who recently sketched new age-enhancement drawings of Foster.

A couple of weeks later, Grant intends to fly to Toronto to attend the Walk With Me ceremony.

Organizers have named an award after Grant and Foster in recognition of the work she has done to bring attention to human trafficking.

The Jessie and Glendene Award honours police officers, social workers and media for their work with human trafficking and victims of the crime.

The ceremony takes place on April 15.

For the latest updates and more information on the case, go online to http://www.jessiefoster.ca.



CITY MOM TO GIVE INPUT ON HUMAN-TRAFFICKING BILL

April 22, 2010 by Jeremy Deutsch, Kamloops This Week

The mother of a missing Kamloops woman is getting a chance to take her fight against human trafficking to the hallowed halls of Parliament.

Glendene Grant is thrilled to have been asked by a Conservative Manitoba MP to possibly attend committee meetings in Ottawa for Bill C-268 — a private member's bill that would set mandatory minimum sentences for anyone convicted of human trafficking.

Grant's daughter, Jessie Foster, went missing after moving to Las Vegas with a boyfriend in the spring of 2006.

Grant believes her daughter has been taken into the world of human trafficking.

"All I'm thinking is more people are going to hear about Jessie," Grant said. "I didn't think about anything else."

It wasn't until later the mother of four realized she might help change laws.

"I have a hard time wrapping my brain around all that," she said.

Grant admits she doesn't know much about politics, but she hopes her presence at the committee meetings and her heartbreaking story will help educate politicians on the issue of human trafficking.

"Laws need to be changed," she said.

Grant suggested all the education and effort will go to waste if there isn't anything done to protect victims who have the misfortune of getting caught up in human trafficking.

She believes the bill, which is currently in front of the Senate, will be a good start.

The bill seeks to set mandatory minimum sentences of five years for anyone caught trafficking persons under the age of 18.

Grant was invited to Ottawa by Kildonan-St. Paul MP Joyce Smith.

The two met at the Walk With Me ceremony in Toronto earlier this month.

Organizers of the event named an award after Grant and Foster in recognition of the work Grant has done to bring attention to the issue of human trafficking.

The Jessie and Glendene Award honours police officers, social workers and media for their work with human trafficking and victims of the crime.

Grant has also been inspired to start her own non-profit organization, tentatively called MATH (Mothers Against Trafficking Humans), that will further her efforts to thwart modern-day slavery.



VALLEYVIEW STUDENTS GET 'REALITY CHECK' ON HUMAN TRAFFICKING

June 15, 2010 by Jeremy Deutsch, Kamloops This Week

Their eyes are fixated on the video screen a few feet away.

The teens are told about human slavery and how it's being carried out in foreign lands.

The students are reminded they can call organizations like Crime Stoppers if they see it — or if they get caught up in it themselves.

A group of Grade 11 social studies students at Valleyview secondary are getting an education on the growing problem of human trafficking.

But the 45-minute presentation doesn't really hit home until Glendene Grant steps to the front of the class.

She introduces herself as the mother of Jessie Foster, the Kamloops resident who has been missing for more than four years in one of the most well-known cases of suspected human trafficking.

Grant sets up a video montage that tells Jessie's story, set to photos of the beautiful girl.

Many of the pictures were taken when Jessie was the same age as the teens sitting at their desks.

It's all a little too much for Avelyn Hall.

"It makes it so much more real," the 17-year-old student said, with tears in her eyes.

Avelyn has seen the posters of Foster while riding on Greyhound buses over the years and never thought she'd meet the missing woman's mom.

"I could see the pain," she said.

Though Avelyn doesn't believe she could become a victim herself of human trafficking, she said some of her peers may find their way into more trouble.

She said many of her fellow students just don't have respect for themselves — and Grant's story could help open their eyes.

Grant, Mark Price from the Kamloops and District Crime Stoppers Society and Deb Noel from the Catholic Women's League, are making presentations at local high schools.

The trio touches on two aspects of modern-day slavery — trafficking into the sex trade and slave labour in the global trade market.

Valleyview was the second presentation for the group.

Braden McCarthy, another Grade 11 student, called the presentation "really disturbing."

He didn't realize to what extent the problem of human trafficking had grown.

Braden noted students in his class were moved to tears from the presentation.

It's exactly the reaction Grant was hoping to get.

"I can see them and feel their eyes on the videos," she said.

"In a way, it's a good reality check."

While it may be hard to keep a teen's attention for a long period of time, Grant is sure the kids are taking something from her story.

The mother of four said she's been inundated with calls from throughout the school district, the province and country from educators inquiring about the presentation.

Grant said the group will continue to do as many presentations as they can, adding she's working on a way to offer the lecture online.



OTTAWA HELPS FIGHT TRAFFICKING

September 9, 2010 by Jeremy Deutsch, Kamloops This Week

For several months now, the local Crime Stoppers chapter has been quietly spreading the word about human trafficking to Kamloops high school students.

That effort is about to blow up in a big way, as the national organization is set to partner with the federal government to introduce the Blue Blindfold campaign in Canada.

Originally launched in the U.K., the campaign goal is to raise awareness of human trafficking by establishing a symbol that is internationally recognized.

For the Kamloops woman who has spent hours in classrooms around the city telling her story about her daughter Jessie Foster, who vanished in Las Vegas, word the human-trafficking campaign was going nationwide was met with praise.

"We all have to be aware of it before we can stop it," said Glendene Grant.

Foster went missing in 2006 in one of the most well-known cases of suspected human trafficking.

Beside bringing attention to the issue, the federal government, along with the RCMP's Human Trafficking National Co-ordination Centre, will provide material and support to Crime Stoppers and its tip line.

The idea is to educate Canadians on human trafficking so that, if they spot it, they can call the organization.

Grant said it only makes sense the government would take part in a wider campaign.

She suggested people are still surprised to hear modern slavery exists in Canada, noting it's time to take the "shock factor" out of the issue.

"It's a little harder for it to happen in Kamloops, but it doesn't mean it doesn't," Grant said.

"It also doesn't mean some other form isn't happening."

The mother of four believes attention brought to the issue will ultimately result in fewer cases of human trafficking in the country.

Earlier this spring, Grant teamed up with Kamloops and District Crime Stoppers Society and the Catholic Women's League to offer a 45-minute presentation at local high schools that touches on two aspects of modern-day slavery — trafficking into the sex trade and slave labour in the global trade market.

It was the only one of its kind in the country.

Though much of the attention around the new campaign has focused on international human smuggling, in light of the recent arrival of a boat filled with migrants from Sri Lanka off the coast of B.C., Kamloops-Thompson-Cariboo Conservative MP Cathy McLeod said it's equally important to put the focus inside Canada's borders.

She said there are plenty of stories of young girls being lured from small towns across the country to bigger centres.

"It's an issue gaining more attention right now," she said.

McLeod said she believes people generally would like to help prevent such "horrific crimes" and that the Crime Stoppers campaign is going to be a benefit to the cycle of prevention and support for those caught up in human trafficking.



M.A.T.H. MOTHERS AGAINST TRAFFICKING HUMANS

I have been thinking an organization that I want to start

Human trafficking is the fastest-growing criminal industry in the world and it has touched me personally . . . my daughter Jessie Foster is a trafficking victim.

Now, keep in mind I have no idea how to start an organization, so I am hoping that with all the connections I have made in the past 4 years+, someone will be able to advise me somewhat. If you have a suggestion - please do not hesitate to contact me with it. Thank you all, Glendene.

I have come up with a name:

M.A.T.H. (Mothers Against Trafficking Humans) Do the M.A.T.H.! 2.5 million people are trafficked yearly around the world* PLUS a global annual market of about $42.5 billion** EQUALS who is getting rich?

*The United Nations estimates 2.5 million people from 127 different countries are being trafficked around the world annually. **The Council of Europe states there is a global annual market of about $42.5 billion.



BOOKS COMING OUT or ALREADY OUT WITH JESSIE's CASE MENTIONED

TO ALL MY FRIENDS & JESSIE FOSTER SUPPORTERS, please consider buying these two new books. My daughter Jessie Foster's human trafficking case is mentioned in them both.

One is called "Invisible Chains: Canada's Underground World of Human Trafficking", written by Benjamin Perrin, one of Canada's leading experts on human trafficking.

http://www.law.ubc.ca/faculty/Perrin/web/index.html

And the other one is written by the victim of human trafficking, who is now very much a survivor, Timea Eva Nagy, called "Walk With Me, Memoirs of a Sex Slave Survivor".

http://www.wix.com/timea77/Walk-with-me

Timea Nagy is the founder of a human trafficking organization called "Walk-With-Me", and on April 15, 2010 she held the First Annual 'Glendene & Jessie Foster Award' Ceremony in Toronto. I was very honoured to have been invited and thanks to many people in Kamloops I was able to attend.

http://project417.com/walk_with_me

Other books that are slated to come out with Jessie's case in them:

One written by forensic artist Diana Trepkov. She is writing a book of her work and Jessie is a big part of it. Diana has taken Jessie's case to heart.

Another one is written by Matthew O'Brien, an author and reporter in Las Vegas. He is writing a book about some of the cases he has written about over the years, and again, Jessie's case has been a big part of the news since he did his first article on Jessie in February 2007 (a huge 4,000 work of art).

Book already out:

There is already a book out, written by Canadian author Lisa Wojna called MISSING! The Disappeared, Lost or Abducted in Canada. It came out in August 2007. Jessie's case is told in Chapter 6: Las Vegas bound – Follow Your Daughter Home.

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Post by Pedro Silva on Mon Sep 13, 2010 2:35 am

I love this quote about our Crime Stoppers presentation: "It was the only one of its kind in the country"! WOW, the only one of its kind in the COUNTRY! That is TREMENDOUS!‏

September 12, 2010 - There are 2 new articles, 1 from Friday

and 1 from Saturday that mentioned Jessie's disappearance.



One from here in Kamloops, BC, Canada and one from Las Vegas, NV, USA.



I am concerned the one from yesterday, which I included in that L - O - N - G email yesterday would have been overlooked, if anyone got tired of reading, especially when some of what I sent was not new.



Friday, September 10, 2010 - Kamloops (BC, Canada) This Week (homepage) - Ottawa helps fight trafficking (article) by Jeremy Deutsch (email)

- QUOTE: "For several months now, the local Crime Stoppers chapter has been quietly spreading the word about human trafficking to Kamloops high schools students. That effort is about to blow up in a big way, as the national organization is set to partner with the federal government to introduce the Blue Blindfold campaign in Canada." "For the Kamloops woman who has spent hours in classrooms around the city telling her story about her daughter Jessie Foster, who vanished in Las Vegas, word the human-trafficking campaign was going nationwide was met with praise. 'We all have to be aware of it before we can stop it,' said Glendene Grant. Foster went missing in 2006 in one of the most well-known cases of suspected human trafficking." "Grant said it only makes sense the government would take part in a wider campaign. She suggested people are still surprised to hear modern slavery exists in Canada, noting it's time to take the 'shock factor' out of the issue. 'It's a little harder for it to happen in Kamloops, but it doesn't mean it doesn't,' Grant said. 'It also doesn't mean some other form isn't happening.' The mother of four believes attention brought to the issue will ultimately result in fewer cases of human trafficking in the country. Earlier this spring, Grant teamed up with Kamloops and District Crime Stoppers Society and the Catholic Women's League to offer a 45-minute presentation at local high schools that touches on two aspects of modern-day slavery - trafficking into the sex trade and slave labour in the global trade market.

It was the only one of its kind in the country."

- NOTE: I really love Jeremy's quote about our Crime Stoppers presentation - WOW!! The only one of its kind in the COUNTRY! That is tremendous!!!!





Saturday, September 11, 2010 - Las Vegas (NV, USA) Tribune (homepage) - Heriberto "Nony" Herrera Another Missing Person (article) by Perly Viasmensky (email)

- QUOTE: Jessie Foster disappeared from the home she was sharing with her pimp, Peter Todd, on March 28, 2006. North Las Vegas Police believes Jessie "just wanted to vanish." They never bothered to conduct a detailed investigation on Peter Todd, a pimp well-known by local authorities, maybe because his brother was a teacher with the School District and they didn't want to tarnish his brother's reputation?

- NOTE: I also love Perly's comment about Peter Todd . . . Jessie's violent pimp.



Peter Todd is the person who we were told, by many people, beat Jessie and forced her to work at an escort agency. Several people at this agency, including the manager, have told me personally that Jessie had bruises from Peter, and she was afraid to leave him. They also all 'knew', as did many people in that walk-of-life, that Jessie was beat to death by him in the house at 1009 Cornerstone Place, North Las Vegas, NV USA 89301 and buried in the Mojave Desert north of where they lived. I get calls all the time, the most recent one was just in August 2010, from a woman who knew Jessie (she knew her as Taylor) back in 2005, she said she believes Jessie is dead, that she was murdered by Peter Todd.



The police have NEVER done a proper investigation of the house they know she lived in, even though they say they have no reason to do this investigation, it makes me wonder how else you can solve a crime . . . without investigating?!?!?!? How do they know if he did it or not if they do not investigate? If they don't rip up carpets and baseboards to look for blood drops or splatters? How does someone not even be investigated and therefore 'wins' by default?



I don't know if Peter did anything or not, but I do know he told me 3 different stories about the last time he saw Jessie . . . well, I have one story about the last time I saw Jessie . . . it was as she was leaving Kamloops and her family on CHRISTMAS DAY, DECEMBER 25, 2005 so she could go back to Peter and Las Vegas and the fate that she met, 3 months later - and my story has NEVER changed! How could it? The truth does not change! Our Christmas was forever changed, who do I have a different story about that.



However, regardless of what we don't know happened, what we do know happened is this:

- Jessie was taken to the USA by Donald Vaz.

- Donald Vaz left Jessie in the company of Richard Barrington Walcott and Yvonne Hubrechtsen.

- Richard Barrington Walcott and Yvonne Hubrechtsen then left her in the company of Peter Bertrand Todd.

- Peter Todd ended up her 'fiancé' and it was who she was living with, and his identical twin brother, James Andrew Todd, when she vanished 10 months later, never to be seen or heard from for 4 & 1/2 years.



On March 29, 2006, JESSIE FOSTER, for all intents and purposed, COMPLETELY VANISHED!!

IT IS LIKE SHE SIMPLY FELL OFF THE FACE OF THE EARTH!! IT IS LIKE SHE CEASED TO EXIST!!!

AND, her:

- passport was NEVER used again!

- debit card was NEVER used again!!

- cell phone was NEVER used again!!!

- credit cards were NEVER used again!!!!

- bank account was NEVER used again!!!!!

- loved ones NEVER heard from her again!!!!!!

AND:

- she does not have a known American Social Security Number!

- there has NEVER been anything on her Canadian Social Insurance Number!

If Jessie did 'cease to exist', then we know, it is because someone murdered my daughter.

If Jessie is alive, (like my heart has always told me), then it is because someone did something to her to make her disappear.





ANOTHER IMPORTANT NOTE: I also want to mention again, (in case it got lost in the long message yesterday); that I got a call yesterday from one of my local Canadian Members of Parliament, Cathy McLeod's office. Her assistant set up an appointment for her and I on Thursday, September 16, 2010 at 10AM. She told me that Mrs. McLeod wanted to talk to me about us going to Professor Benjamin Perrin's book launch for Invisible Chains: Canada's Underground World of Human Trafficking, in Vancouver, BC, on Monday, October 18, 2010 from 6:30PM - 9:00PM (PT). This is also the B.C. event of the National Public Awareness Campaign to End Modern-Day Slavery in Canada.



That is the day before my 53rd birthday - (no, I don't mind sharing that, I am not getting any younger, so why not accept it, right) - so to me, this is would be like a birthday gift from Jessie).



I don’t know why I have to share this now, but suddenly I have something I need to tell you. There is something that happened I have only told a few people about - my family, a few friends and a couple of reporters, but I am going to share now. It is a very emotional thing for me to relive, and when I do, always I cry hard, so the tears will be pouring down my cheeks and the snot will be dripping from my nose, but you know what, nothing is worse than having a missing daughter. So compared to that, this will be a piece of cake.





First of all, the last time I talked to my beautiful daughter, Jessie Foster was on March 24, 2006 when she called to see if her little sister, Jennee's birthday present had got there and to tell me she had a dentist appointment booked for March 27, she called me twice that day. Jessie was 21 years old at that time.



Then on March 27 Jessie called her dad's house and left her stepmom a happy birthday voice message and said that she was going to the dentist that day.



Crystal talked to Jessie several times on March 28, 2006 - I didn't, but I had talked to Crystal.



Then on March 29, 2006 I got up for work at my usual time of 3:00AM. Because I was in the same time zone as Las Vegas, there were many times that Jessie would call me at that time to talk, she knew I always had time for her, even at 3 o' clock in the morning. So it did not surprise me when the phone rang shortly after I got up. What did surprise me was what I heard on the other end.



The first thing I noticed was it was not Jessie cell phone - she still had her same number from Calgary, AB. It was a 7 -0 - 2, Las Vegas area code, but not a number I recognized. But I knew, before I picked it up, that it was going to be Jessie. So I said HI SWEETIE! And then I heard it - it sounded like someone was yelling into the phone. It sounded crackly, like a bad connection with lots of static and I could not understand a thing she was saying. BUT I STILL 'KNEW' IT WAS JESSIE, and not just because of the Las Vegas area code on my call display! I felt it was her.



It made me very nervous, because it sounded like Jessie was desperately calling for help. Like she was screaming. I was yelling back, JESSIE . . . WHAT IS WRONG? JESSIE, SWEETIE! I CAN'T HEAR YOU. WHAT IS WRONG? And the phone went dead.



I went into the other room to turn on the light and call the number from the call display back, I WAS STARTING TO PANIC. Before I could call the number, my phone rang again. It was the same 702 area code. I answered quickly and said, JESSIE, ARE YOU OK. But again, all could hear was what sounded like someone screaming. This time it was more desperate, but still not clear. I could not understand exactly what was being said, but it sounded like, "HELP . . . . ME . . . . AGGGGG . . . HELP . . ." I was seriously freaking out. I was starting to scream into the phone, JESSIE, WHAT IS WRONG? JESSIE HANG UP AND CALL THE POLICE. I DON'T KNOW WHAT TO DO. JESSIE, WHAT IS HAPPENING? And the call ended again.



I was freaking, my heart was pounding, I was starting to shake and cry. WHAT WAS HAPPENING? Was Peter beating her? I had received calls before when Jessie and Peter were fighting and I talked to both of them, I even tried many times to get Jessie to come home and to get Peter to send her home - but of course, back then, I had no way to know that Jessie was already the victim of modern-day sex slavery. She was already being beat and forced to work at an escort agency. Then the phone rang for a third time.



This time I was as panicked as I have EVER been in my entire life. I HEARD MY DAUGHTER SCREAMING FOR HER LIFE. I swear it. I still could not make out the words, but the shear panic and shrillness and the loudness of it all told me SOMETHING WAS VERY WRONG. I was screaming into the phone, JESSIE, STOP CALLING ME. CALL THE POLICE! WHERE ARE YOU? WHAT CAN I DO? CALL 9-1-1!!!!!!!!!!! Then the call ended again.



I tried to call Jessie's cell phone from my cell phone at the same time as I tried to call the number on my call display from my home phone, but both phone just rang, and rang, and rang. I tried to call Peter's cell phone and even Yvonne Hubrechtsen's cell phone (hers was the only other number I had for anyone that Jessie knew in Las Vegas, because I ironically and prophetically said to Jessie when she was going to stay in Las Vegas for 2 weeks until her 21st birthday so she could celebrate there - "Jessie, you are not staying in another country unless you give me an contact number for SOMEONE there. I don't know anyone or where you are and IF YOU GO MISSING, who will I call". TEN MONTHS LATER MY DAUGHTER WENT MISSING) but all I got on everyone's phone was voicemail. I left messages, but no one was calling me back. I did not know what to do, because, seriously, I was not even sure what I had just heard.



I called in to work and said I could not come in. I was a mess, there was no way I would be any use at work, and I would be just too worried. I was already worried out of my mind.



Then about 10AM my daughter Crystal called from a payphone when the Greyhound bus was at a stop . . . she was on her way home from up in Northern Alberta at the oil rig camp she was a cook at, to meet her sister Jessie in Kamloops so they could drive her car to Calgary for their stepsister's wedding reception (Jessie's proof of car insurance came in the mail to my house for 30 days . . . Jessie paid almost $200 for this, but she never showed up to use it). She was very upset. She said MOM, IT WAS ME. IT WAS ME CALLING NOT JESSIE. IT WAS ME CALLING FROM MY CO-WORKER'S CELL PHONE, SHE IS FROM LAS VEGAS!!!!



You see, Crystal had accidently washed her cell phone in her housecoat pocket before she left camp, so it was not working. She was on the Greyhound bus with her friend who was going to Edmonton to take a plane home to Las Vegas and she knew I would be up at 3:00AM, so she called me from a 7-0-2 area code phone number!!



Crystal told me she could hear me plain as day. She was saying over and over, "No, Mom, it is not Jessie, it is me!", but all I heard was Jessie screaming for help.



Now, if you knew how close my daughters are to each other, and how close I am to my kids, then maybe somehow there is a way for Crystal to call me on a Las Vegas cell, just as something horrific is happening to Jessie - perhaps she was being beaten to death at that exact time and through the powers of whatever - through the heartstrings between my children and I and my children and each other, I somehow heard Jessie screaming out for me, for her Mommy as 'someone' snuffed out her beautiful life.



I know my heart has always told me Jessie is alive and to this day, through my tears as I type now, even with what I just told you, I can't help it!



I just DO NOT FEEL, DEEP IN MY HEART, THAT MY CHILD IS DEAD, and whether that is the truth, and Jessie is alive and that night there were just 3 'bad' connections from a Las Vegas cell area code at the exact same time Jessie sometimes called me OR, Jessie was murdered, and through the grace of the Lord, I was able to be there for he at the end, well, I just don't know.



I do know this though. My best-friend Brenda was there for her 16-year-old (& 2 weeks - his birthday was just on July 22, 2002) son, James when he was hit by a speeding truck on August 5, 2002 . . . she held him as he died, and as tragic as that is, it is what has allowed her to go on. She KNOWS he did not suffer, she knows he went to heaven, and she was with her baby as he took his last breath. I hope, if Jessie is not alive, that I was 'with her' as she took her last breath. Thank you for your wonderful friendship Brenda; I don't know what I would do without you being here for me all the time.



The next day, after Jessie never returned Crystal's calls or my calls, her sister Katie told me she had been calling Jessie all day, and she never returned her call. I started leaving message after message and I filled up her voicemail-box. I emailed her and my emails were getting more and more frantic and pretty soon I was YELLING in them!! I went to work the next day and told one of my co-workers, I THINK MY DAUGHTER IS MISSING IN LAS VEGAS. He said, "What are you doing here then?" And I said, "I DON'T KNOW". I left and never went back for a year and a half (then a year and a half after that, the business closed).



So, thank you ALL for letting me share this with you. I know it was probably very emotional to you, as it is to the few people I have told this to. Right now, besides the tears and snot I already mentioned, I am shaking and my head is throbbing. It is almost like I just went through that again. But you know, this time, I feel as if I got something out of telling it. Like when you go to the 'shrink' and pour your guts out and feel better! Or . . . when you pop that damn zit that hurts like hell . . . and when you do, the pressure comes off and the pain is relieved a bit. Eventually the zit will heal, and I pray that one day, so will my heart.



Friends, you mean so much to me. There are thousands of people who have followed Jessie's case in the news and on the internet. Thousands of people who love Jessie like a daughter, sister & friend. The prayers for Jessie are constant - every day from everywhere around this world. AGAIN, THANK YOU ALL . . . Sincerely, not just Jessie's mom, but also Crystal, Katie & Jennee’s mom, and Maddie, JJ & Ili’s grandma, Glendene.



It has been:

YEARS: 4 & ½

MONTHS: 5 & ½

DAYS: 1627

HOURS: 02

MINUTES: 46

SECONDS: 04

Since Jessie's sister Crystal last spoke to her younger sister

on March 29, 2006 at approximately 12:00AM.

Thank you all, for your support for Jessie and my search for her.

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Post by Cath on Mon Sep 13, 2010 5:57 pm

Wow that's made me silent. What can I say?
Thank you Pedro.

"Not one person out there considered missing deserves to be missing and have their case sitting in a drawer," she said.

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Post by Pedro Silva on Mon Sep 13, 2010 7:21 pm

Cath my friend, I agree with you, you welcome.

Here is another update from Glendene:

Friends, always remember this: I expect nothing, but I appreciate everything!

I have decided to do a LETTER WRITING CAMPAIGN for myself. I know it is not something an average person would do - but I am not average.

I am trying to get some letters of support, or reference or anything I can to build up a portfolio that I can use when I am ready submit my application for M.A.T.H. (Mothers Against Trafficking Humans) to be come a real non-profit organization.

When Jessie went missing in March 2006, there was no one and no where for me to turn. As a matter of fact, no one thought human trafficking was even something that happened in North America - and I am sure many people thought I was the crazy mom, grasping for straws in her search for her missing child.

I used to hear - HUMAN TRAFFICKING? Isn't that just in 3rd world countries and on the police shows on TV.?

Now, that is not what I hear at all. Now people say: I just heard about a case of human trafficking here . . . and a case of human trafficking there . . . or, YES, Jessie Foster - I have heard about her!!!!!

So, I am asking something of each and everyone of you who has the time and something to say on my behalf to help me fulfill this goal (hey, even the haters can participate, I will use it as 'feedback').

Also, if any of you have friends who are aware of Jessie's human trafficking case, and of all I have been doing in her name since she went missing, please forward them this email or post it on your Social Networking Site for them to see. Or just tell them about it. Send it off to your local newspapers, TV stations and radios stations so they can print it and post it and LET'S GET THIS LETTER WRITING CAMPAIGN STARTED.

Just send me a letter or a quick note (the length does not matter, just please be honest) to my either my jessiesmom@jessiefoster.ca or my glendene@shaw.ca email address.

Then all my newly acquired knowledge on human trafficking and years of hard work can be used to help even more. I can help victims of human trafficking to become survivors and I can help their families when they find themselves caught in the nightmare I have been living for 4 & 1/2 years now.

I have many other skills to offer including the knowledge I have gained since Jessie's disappearance:
- I can do all my own typing (over 80 WPM)
- Designing & creating flyers, newsletters, etc
- Excellent writing skills
- Excellent Internet / computer / computer program skills
- Excellent communication skills
- Excellent marketing skills
- Excellent fundraising skills
- And much more

I have made friends / contacts / Jessie supporters across the world:
- Hundreds (more like thousands) all over North America
- Dozens in the United Kingdom
- Several in South Africa
- Several in Ireland
- Some in Scotland
- One in Spain
- One in Portugal
- One in India
- And so many more EVERYWHERE!

I have even been called "a Social Network Guru", to which I giggled. But you know, when I added up the sites (the ones I could think off off the top of my head in less than 10 minutes), I came up with a HUGE number. So, ok, I accept it - I admit it, I am a Social Network Guru . . . Rebel, now look what you've started!

JessieFoster.ca Website = 122,727 page views;
My NowPublic page = 111,265 page views;
MySpace site = 17,782 page views (with 3,207 contacts);
My YouTube page (with 45 videos posted) = 16,164 Views (60 Subscribers to my channel);
My OneTrue Media page (with 35 videos posted) = 1,363 Views;
Facebook (MissingJessie Foster) page = 3,758 (contacts);
Facebook (Glendene Grant) page = 3,277 (contacts);
Facebook BIRTHDAY FOR JESSIE Event = 2,368 Attending;
Facebook JESSIE AWARENESS Event = 1,281 Attending;
Facebook JESSIEFOSTER.CA Cause = 3,942 Members;
Facebook HELP FIND JESSIE FOSTER Cause = 3,279 Members;
Facebook M.A.T.H. Cause = 2,837 Members;
Facebook M.A.T.H. Group = 3,499 Members;
Facebook HELP FIND JESSIE FOSTER AND ALL MISSING PERSON Group = 2,365 Members;
Facebook HELP BRING JESSIE FOSTER HOME! Group = 1,065 Members;
Facebook FIND JESSIE Group = 771 Members;
Facebook BRING JESSIE HOME Group = 2,119 Members;
Facebook QUIT DISABLING THE MISSING JESSIE FOSTER ACCOUNTS!!! Group = 1,046 Members;
Facebook SEARCH FOR MISSING JESSIE FOSTER Group = 879 Members;
Facebook PLEASE HELP US TO FIND MISSING JESSIE FOSTER Group = 588 Members;
Facebook PLEASE DONATE $1 AND HELP BRING JESSIE HOME Group = 411 Members;
Email = 1,225 contacts;
My MISSING JESSIE FOSTER Blog = 40,800 page views (with 862 followers on my Jessie Blog + 330 followers on my Jessie News Articles Blog + 330 followers on my Newsletter Blog = 1,522 total Network blog followers ALSO my 3 blogs are the top 3 human trafficking blogs with Network blog followers);
Add up each one of those clicks of a mouse to sign up or follow, for a total of: 344,811.
Keep this in mind also: none of the above includes any of the other websites, forums or groups where Jessie is know of or posted on, or where I am a member of.
There is a small list below, but there are so many more, I should not have put any since I could never have put them all:
- NamUs
- Gina411
- Cold Cases
- ProjectJason
- Walk4Justice
- Highway of Tears
- Sam Watkins Live
- Here Women Talk
- UnsolvedCrime.ca
- I AM Missing
- LostNMissing
- Poems4Missing
- Peace4theMissing
- Vancouver Missing
- Beyond Missing / KlaasKids Foundation
- Levi Page, Blog Talk Radio
- C.Y.I.M. (Can You Identify Me?)
- C.U.E. Center (Community United Effort)
- N.C.M.L.O. (Nevada Center for Missing Loved Ones)
- A.M.A.L.P. Ministry (America's Missing, Abducted & Lost Persons)

>> So, everybody, let's all do the M.A.T.H. <<

M.A.T.H. (Mothers Against Trafficking Humans)
Do the M.A.T.H.!
2.5 million people are trafficked yearly around the world*
PLUS a global annual market of about $42.5 billion**
EQUALS who is getting rich?
*The United Nations estimates 2.5 million people from 127 different countries are being trafficked around the world annually.
**The Council of Europe states there is a global annual market of about $42.5 billion.

Thank you all so much. Your friend, Glendene Grant, M.A.T.H. Founder (2010)

>> PS: If you are not sure of what to say or how to word it, please do not let that stop you. Just get a hold of me so I can get you some help. <<

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Post by Pedro Silva on Fri Sep 24, 2010 8:06 am

It seems this is to be a radio week!
Sunday, September 19th, I got a call from an old media friend and Jessie supporter, Mike McIntyre . . . Mike on Crime and the Crime and Punishment radio show to do a last minute interview. I was very grateful to him for that, as always. Mike has probably done over a dozen interviews on Jessie's disappearance with me over the years.
Then on Tuesday, September 21st, I called in to another old friend - Drew Kesse's new radio show for a few minutes, just to touch base and give him my congratulations. Drew is father of missing woman, Jennifer Kesse (http://jenniferkesse.com/), Jennifer has been missing since January 23, 2006 - just 2 months before Jessie, and is suspected to be a victim of human trafficking - just like Jessie. We 'met' soon after learning about each other's daughters. He has always been there for me and I am so grateful to that, considering he is going through exactly what I am going through.
Tomorrow, Thursday, September 23rd, my dear friend, Dottie Laster, one of North America's leading experts on human trafficking is having another one of my new friends, MP Joy Smith on her show. I had the pleasure of doing an 'online' introduction to the two a few months back, when Joy was working on getting her Bill C-268 passed into law . . . which it was. Meaning there are now mandatory minimum sentences for people convicted of human trafficking a minor. Dottie asked me to call in for a brief chat during Joy's interview. Check it out below.
Also tomorrow I am going to be the guest on Gloria Helman's radio show. She contacted me through Facebook and invited me to go on to talk about Jessie's case and the human trafficking education I have been doing with Crime Stoppers. Unfortunately I dont have the link up to post here, but I will send out the show's archives later.
Then on October 27, 2010 I have another radio interview booked to discuss human trafficking. I will be sending that info out next month.
Thank you all for your continued support for Jessie and my human trafficking education. It is this support that keeps me going . . . I get strength from knowing how many people care.
Sincerely, Jessie's mom Glendene.

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Post by Pedro Silva on Sun Oct 17, 2010 7:22 am

My friends, an email from Jessie´s mum Glendene:

I got the following email from one of Canada's leading experts on Human Trafficking, Benjamin Perrin author of INVISIBLE CHAINS: Canada's Underground World of Human Trafficking. Jessie's case is mentioned in his book. We were emailing back-and-forth about his book launch in Vancouver, BC on October 18, 2010 (the day before my birthday) when he sent it to me.

As you will see, this is huge. This could bring Jessie Foster's name and case to all of Canada via the media that will be there. It could be detrimental to making a success of M.A.T.H. (Mothers Against Trafficking Humans), the organization I am still planning on starting. Right now I have a M.A.T.H. group with 3,706 Members, and a M.A.T.H. cause with 3,284 Members, on Facebook.

I talked to Budget Car Rental and they are giving me a (bit of a) deal on a car for the day (I thought they could have done better, but I am not here to bicker with anyone) and my friend Brenda is driving me there. I just have to come up with some money to pay for the rental and the gas. If anyone wants to help out, you know it will be very much appreciated.

I also want to remind you of the other books that have been written that have Jessie mentioned:
Memoirs of a Sex Slave by Timea Nagy - was released in September - Timea is a sex slave survivor, and the founder of Walk-With-Me, the organization that named the "Glendene & Jessie Foster" human trafficking award and a true supporter of my search for Jessie. Jessie's website is posted in this book.
My Week at the Blue Angel by Matthew O'Brien - to be released in November - Matt is a reporter from Las Vegas who is also the author of 2 books (this is his second). He reported on Jessie's case for the Las Vegas CityLife since 2007 when we met in person in Las Vegas. Jessie's story is the first one in this book, out of 10 stories.
I will never forget about MISSING, The Disappeared, Lost or Abducted in Canada by Lisa Wojna - released in August 2007 - this was the first book written with Jessie's case in it.

Thank you all for your continued support in the search for Jessie Foster and to bring human trafficking awareness to as many people as possible. Sincerely, Jessie's mom Glendene.


EMAIL TO JESSIE'S MOM GLENDENE GRANT FROM PROFESSOR BENJAMIN PERRIN:

Glendene,
Please and bring anyone you'd like to attend. I'd also like to have you come to a private reception before.
Patty Gallivan will add you and anyone you'd like as a guest to come to both events. She can provide more details too.
I am in Montreal now speaking out. People are inspired by your efforts.

Benjamin Perrin, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Law, Faculty Fellow, Liu Institute for Global Issues
University of British Columbia, 6476 NW Marine Drive, Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z2
Tel: (604) 822-1208 / Fax: (604) 822-8108 / E-mail: perrin@law.ubc.ca / Website: http://faculty.law.ubc.ca/perrin

Please read and spread. Thank you.

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Post by Pedro Silva on Fri Oct 22, 2010 7:23 am

My friends, update from Jessie´s mom Glendene:
1)
Tomorrow at 10AM Pacific (my time), 1PM Eastern time, I will be on TRAFFICKED with Dottie Laster - "Horrific true stories and happy-ending stories about people saved from the fastest growing crime in the world."

THIS THURSDAY (October 21, 2010):
- Hear about how a beautiful young woman, excited about her future and her new car suddenly went missing - how she was treated for injuries in a hospital and arrested by police all while under the control of an alleged human trafficker. And how her mother has spent nearly 5 years searching for her daughter.
- AND Robert Benz of the Frederick Douglass Family Foundation speaks about their efforts to educate schools and children about modern and historical slavery in an effort to prevent cases like Jessie's.
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2)
Ollie Sluzar, from MLAP (Maple Leaf Alberta Projects) in Edmonton, sent me the following email about the Fundraiser/Book Launch in Edmonton for Benjamin Perrin's book INVISIBLE CHAINS: Canada's Underground World of Human Trafficking on Saturday, October 23. How cool would that be, to attend the launch in Edmonton, too. Actually, the city I would love to attend at is Calgary on Friday – but since tomorrow is Thursday, I guess it is not meant to be!

Hi Glendene, I am still in the process of finding someone to provide your flight for you and hopefully will know by Friday at the latest. I will keep you updated as I know more. Ollie

FROM MY FIRST MESSAGE FROM OLLIE:

I would like to cordially invite you to our 2nd Annual Fundraiser and perhaps we can both collectively work together in bringing more awareness about Human Trafficking. Please email me and I will set aside some tickets for you. Ollie Sluzar.
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3)
My interview with CTV on Monday was aired yesterday, but I missed it. I did get a call from someone in Calgary and an email from someone in Vancouver, both telling me they saw the interview and that it was very well done. I need to find a way to get a copy of it, but I am not even sure of who the reporter was (perhaps Benjamin Perrin knows, as they were there for his book launch) so I can contact him to send me a DVD or a file of it.
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4)
I called John G. Diefenbaker school in Calgary, AB today and asked to speak to the principal, Robert Tink. I was informed that he was in a meeting and would I like to leave a message. I said certainly and I told her who I am and who Jessie is, that she graduated from this school in 2002 and that she has been missing since 2006. She asked me to hold a moment and I thought she got another call. A minute later a man goes, HELLO, MAY I HELP YOU? I asked if this was Mr. Tink and he said yes – WOW, HE SURE CAME OUT OF HIS MEETING FAST!

I asked Mr. Tink if he was the principal back in 2002, and he said yes, he started towards the end of that year. I asked if he had ever heard of Jessie Foster and he said yes, he had heard of her in the news. Then I told him that I have been doing presentations in Kamloops at high schools with Crime Stoppers, to help educate the teenaged students on the horrific crime of human trafficking, the crime that has touched my family’s lives and I thought that JGD would be a perfect school to do a presentation at, since Jessie graduated from there, and while she was going there, she met (not at school) the person who took (lured) Jessie to Las Vegas. He was surprized to hear that.

He told me that their schedule was already full with other things, BUT he believed this was a good idea and he wanted me to email him some information about it . . . so I did.

I will let you know what happens!!
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5)
Got the following email from a reporter with the National Post today – of course my answer was yes!! Thank you Ben, for everything!!

Hi there, I just got off the phone with Benjamin Perrin, author of the book Invisible Chains, and he suggested I reach out to you for a story I'm working on about human trafficking.

First off, I am very sorry to read/hear of what has happened to Jessica. Benjamin had said that you are keen to talk about what has happened, so as to get the word out about this issue and also highlight Jessica's case.

Might you have some time to chat early next week? Perhaps Tuesday?

--
Kathryn Blaze Carlson
Reporter, National Post
416-###-####
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6)
I got the following message with these statements included: “A number of people have suggested I contact you. We believe that not enough attention has been drawn to Jessie's case. Would you be interested in participating or presenting at our (Free the Slaves Canada) launch?” Of course I said yes, if there is any way possible for me to get to attend, I will, (hopefully they will send me there). Glendene.

Dear Missing Jessie Foster’s Mom, sisters et al,

A number of people have suggested I contact you.

We (Free the Slaves Canada) have an office space in 331 York Lanes at York University. Our mission is to research, educate and aid in partnership in order to end slavery in local and global communities. We are affiliated with www.freetheslaves.net

To mark our official launch out of the Harriet Tubman Institute in Toronto, we are holding a benefit concert on January 28 and a one day conference on January 29. One of our co-founders is a musician, who recently performed in front of 10,000 people at a World Bank event in Washington, D.C. He and I are working on what we hope will be a very inspiring, uplifting concert. The conference on January 29 will feature Canadian NGOs freeing slaves; Canadian front line activists and survivors; law enforcement officials; government officials, journalists, educators and researchers. We are excited to have the International Justice Mission, Chab Dai Canada, Timea Nagy, Marty Van Doren of the RCMP, government officials and other organizations, survivors, officials and advocates set to present. I suspect you already know many of them, but perhaps will not know some of those doing work on forced labour and/or trafficking for forced marriage.

We believe that not enough attention has been drawn to Jessie's case. Would you be interested in participating or presenting at our launch?

I look forward to hearing from you,

Karlee Sapoznik
PhD Candidate, York University
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On October 18th around 12 noon, Brenda and I left Kamloops for Vancouver to go to Professor Benjamin Perrin’s book launch for INVISIBLE CHAINS: Canada’s Underground World of Human Trafficking at the UBC campus (University of British Columbia, where Ben is an assistant law professor). Jessie’s case is written about in this book and I was invited to go to the book launch and the private reception prior.
BOOK COVER: for INVISIBLE CHAINS Canada’s Underground World of Human Trafficking by Benjamin Perrin:
- Just outside Toronto, a fourteen-year-old Canadian girl is auctioned on Craigslist for men to purchase by the hour.
- A violent criminal lures a teenage girl through Facebook and forces her to be sold for sex in British Columbia.
- A young woman is taken by slave traders from an African war zone to Canada to exploit her in prostitution.
- A mother makes a desperate plea for the safe return of her missing Canadian daughter who she fears has been trafficked to Las Vegas.
INDEX: F – Foster, Jessie, 53 – 56, 210.
The drive was nice, the weather was great, and the roads were good. It was pretty uneventful except for at this one point we past a horrific looking accident in which one of the cars involved was a police car. We also noticed down the highway some, a police officer with a sniffer dog looking for something or someone. Then we saw another police car and truck. So, something happened, and they were looking for someone . . . but we just don’t know what.
We got to Vancouver in good time. The reception was scheduled to be held at the Liu Institute for Global Issues, at 5:30PM and we got there about 4:45. We took a little walk down a path across from the center, we were hoping to get to the ocean, but we never. Then I heard that perhaps it was best we never, since we may have ended up at Wreck Beach – a nudist beach – in error! 
We went inside a bit early, and they were still setting up so we just sat on some chairs in the sitting room area. Then others started arriving and before we knew it, the place was filled. Shortly after that, as Brenda and I stood by the stairs, Benjamin Perrin came in. I was so honoured when he came straight to me first thing in the door, and we introduced ourselves to each other and hugged. We finally, after all these years, met in person.
We talked for a bit, he asked me if I would be interested in talking to CTV (Canadian Television network news) at the book launch, to which I gratefully agreed to! And then he told me he was going to be in Ottawa, ON next week, at our countries capital, talking to our federal government about human trafficking and to try to get a National Action Plan for Canada.. He asked me if I would mind if he spoke to them about Jessie’s case and tried to get more attention and help with it. He told me that Jessie’s case deserves it.
I told him that was the best thing I have heard in a long time. I also told him that one of the best ‘birthday presents’ I have ever got was for Jessie to be in his book and me to be at the book launch. I was so grateful, but you know, dear Benjamin Perrin looked at me with the kindest look on his face and he thanked me. I still felt that he was the one to deserve the thanks.
So after having some wonderful hors d’oeuvres, wine and juice (we had the food and juice), Ben gave a speech to the group, thanking everyone for all they did to ensure this book was written and published to be the absolutely best it could be. And it is. I was not expecting it, but he then thanked me for being there, telling everyone who Jessie is. I was so grateful, because many of those people there will have gone home and talked about Jessie or even looked her up online, meaning we now have many new people knowing about Jessie and her case as a human trafficking victim.
Then when the reception was over, we all walked across part of the campus to the Chan Center – Royal Bank Cinema for the book launch. It was a beautiful evening and I was very happy to be there. We met up with Elizabeth Conners from UnsolvedCrimes.ca, someone I have been in phone and email contact with, but this was our first time meeting, and a woman from Oklahoma named Leah who was opening a safe house for victims of human trafficking to live so they had a chance to become survivors. Leah asked to walk with us so she would be able to talk to me about this project, as she believed I was someone who could help them.
Sometimes I simply cannot wrap my brain around all that is happening. I mean, 5 years ago I was the mom of 4 healthy, beautiful daughters who were very close to me and to each other. Since over 4 & ½ years now, I have been the mom of 4 beautiful daughters, 3 of whom are healthy and in touch with me every day, and 3 wonderful grandchildren who I play with and enjoy often . . . and one beautiful daughter who is missing. That is not something you can just live with. You have to develop the coping skills that you need so you can survive and you live the best life possible in spite of your pain. You have to, for your other children and grandbabies – and for Jessie. When she comes home, I have to be as healthy as possible in order to be of any help to Jessie recover what she was put through for such a long time.
When we got to the Chan Center, we were told that all the people at the reception were to be seated in the reserved seats at the front of the theater. I chose the very front row in the very center. I wanted a good seat; however there were so many people who turned out for this event that there were not enough seats. They had to bring in more chairs and when they were done, we were actually sitting in the second row.
Just before everything started, Professor Perrin asked me to come with him. Then he introduced me to a reporter and cameraman from CTV and we went out to the book signing room to set up an interview. I was thinking it would be just for a minute or so, but we were gone over 10 minutes, and by the time we got back, the video for the book launch had already started. I was so grateful to Ben and to CTV for this chance to talk about Jessie as a trafficking victim and as someone who is part of INVISIBLE CHAINS.
After the video Ben talked to us about his all he has done to get his book written and published. All his work to combat human trafficking has been such a benefit to all Canadians and especially to victims/survivors of this horrific crime, like Jessie. Then he picked up his book and opened it to the chapter where Jessie’s case is written and he read from it to the audience of nearly 200 guests.
I was amazed at how captivated everyone was. To tell you the truth, the thought that crossed my mind was, “you could hear a pin drop in there”, and that is not an exaggeration – as a matter of fact, when he was finished, and he told everyone to go to our website, www.jessiefoster.ca, the audience broke out in applause. It touched me and brought tears to my eyes. It was amazing.
When the video and Ben’s speech were over, there was a chance for people to ask questions. He asked if anyone had something to say, and my hand shot right up. I thanked him for all he is doing for Canada and all those affected by modern-day slavery and particularly for Jessie. Then there were several other questions and this part was over and it was time for the book signing.
We went back to the room where CTV had interviewed me, and the line-up was already starting. Ben was walking over to the table with a few copies of his book in his arms when he saw me. He looked and me and said, “Can I sign a copy for you?” I was thrilled. He signed it: "GLENDENE, YOUR STRENGTH IS INSPIRING. THANK YOU, BEN PERRIN".
Can you imagine how that made me feel at that moment? All I have done for Jessie and everyone, with my constant work on Jessie’s case and volunteering with Crime Stoppers to educate high school students about the crime of human trafficking, so that if nothing else, they can be aware and prepared if someone tries to lure them away was just validated by one of Canada’s leading experts and author on the horrific crime of human trafficking.
Thank you and bless your heart Professor Benjamin Perrin.
The reception started at 5:30, and it was already after 9:30PM, but it seemed like we were there for mere minutes. It was one of those evenings where time simply went by much too fast.
We were getting ready to leave when Trisha Baptie (a woman who I met when I was in Vancouver back on February 14, 2010 for the 19th Annual Woman’s Memorial March when I was invited to be a guest speaker. We have since been Facebook friends and I was pleased to see here there) told me she had someone she would like to introduce me to and she left and came back with a woman named Idelette McVicker and she writes for www.shelovesmagazine.com and she wanted to know if she could do a short interview with me. Of course I said yes. We went out to the lobby where it was a bit quieter, and she did a 15 minute interview with me, she will let me know when it will be posted.
Before we were finished, there was another woman standing off to the side from us a bit, and when I was finished talking to Idelette, she came up to me and introduced herself to me as Michelle Brock from www.hopeforthesold.com and she also wanted to know if she could interview me, and of course I said yes. We also talked for about 15 minutes and before we were done, I noticed another woman standing off to the side waiting.
When I said goodbye to Michelle, this woman came up to me an introduced herself to me as Mary Pichette from the Servants Anonymous Society, www.sasurrey.ca, and she asked for my contact info so she could be in touch with me about what I have been doing to combat human trafficking. I have her one of Jessie’s posters and she said she would call me.
Then it was finally time to leave. We left with Elizabeth and drove her home to Surrey and we took the highway from there to come home. Oh ya, except for some reason, we ended up on the Trans-Canada Highway / Highway #1 WEST, instead of EAST, and we were heading back to Vancouver. We took the first exit off there, turned around and headed home to Kamloops.
By this time it was around 11PM. We stopped for gas in Abbotsford and got back to Kamloops around 2:30AM. I ended up on my computer checking emails and messages on Facebook, MySpace and NowPublic. I went to bed at 5:30AM, only to hear my beautiful grandson JJ when he got here just after 7AM (auntie babysits him). He was calling for Mama (grandma), and since I needed a birthday kiss from him, I got up and played with my boy.
Jim got up and I got my card he made for me, I love his homemade cards he makes . . . they just mean so much to me and he puts his heart and soul into creating them – this card included a ONE USE ONLY, 2 HOURS BACKRUB BUTTON (lol, I tried to REUSE one of his backrub coupons last year, so he put a one use only stipulation in this one!!).
Then Crystal said Happy Birthday, Mom – she had already given me my present, it was my new blouse that I wore last night to the book launch; then Katie called me from work to wish me Happy Birthday and Jennee called me from home to sing Happy Birthday to me with Maddie, but Maddie got shy. Later Maddie picked up her play-phone and sang it to me, so Jennee called me to tell me and try to get my little dolly to sing it again . . . but she got shy again!  Baby Ilianna was standing up, on her own, for several l-o-n-g seconds during my call with Jennee, so that was her sending love to Grandma. Katie, Jake and JJ are bringing over my birthday present from them and Jennee, Catlin and the girls after work.
My sister Barb called me earlier to wish me Happy Birthday and my dad came over with a card and a huge whole chicken for me . . . he had got me a huge soup pot last week for my birthday present and brought over the chicken so I can roast it, then make some soup! My dad rocks, I am so serious. He is simply the best!
Then my best friend Brenda and I went for a drive with her sister Linda & niece Jennifer, and we told them about the book and the book launch – they were so happy for us. Then Brenda and I went to Kelly O’Bryan’s for lunch. They have a free birthday lunch there!! We got fish & chips and chicken strips & chips and shared them, it was awesome. Then she gave me a beautiful angel, which I love very much!
I have also received over 400 birthday wishes on my Facebook and in my email since yesterday, and it is only 2:34PM at this moment, so there is still a lot of my birthday left. THANK YOU ALL FOR YOUR LOVE AND SUPPORT. It means a lot to me and my family.
So, now Crystal is making roasted chicken, potatoes, stuffing, corn and gravy for supper tonight. I am looking forward to it. Then I am looking forward to using up half of my 2 hour backrub. I will save the other half for a stressful day.
I have to say, that there is only one thing wrong with this birthday so far (and it is huge). And it is that Jessie is not here, and that this is my 5th birthday without knowing where my Jessie-Bessie is.
I MISS YOU BABY-GIRL, AND I WILL NEVER STOP TRYING TO FIND YOU OR GET ANSWERS TO WHAT HAPPENED.
I will find you, Jessie . . . or die trying. I love you with all my heart – love Mom. XOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOX

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Post by Pedro Silva on Sun Oct 31, 2010 1:15 am

On August 29, 2010 I got the following email from Ollie Sluzar with MLAP (Maple Leaf Alberta Projects) in Edmonton, AB, Canada:

Hello Glendene,

You do not know me but I read about your daughter's case on the internet and how she went missing. This is very tragic and I am sorry that this happened to you and your family.

My name is Ollie Sluzar. and I am involved with an organization called the Maple Leaf Alberta Projects (MLAP) who is a committee in Edmonton, Alberta working towards providing a sparkle of hope in the lives of teenage girls in Ukraine. Once we have completed this project it is my belief that we will continue on to do the same to bring a sparkle of hope to girls here in Canada.

Maple Leaf Alberta Projects is currently renovating a structure called the Maple Leaf Safe House that would be a safe haven and provide the education needed to divert young women from Human Trafficking.

We will be holding our "2nd Annual Fundraiser" Dinner, Live Auction and Gifts of Hope on Saturday October 23, 2010 at the Youth Unity Complex beginning at 5:00 PM with beverages, 6:00 Ukrainian Buffet, 7:00 PM Program.

Our guest speaker will be Professor Benjamin Perrin (who you are familiar with) and he will be speaking about his crusade against Human Trafficking. At this event he will also be launching his new book entitled "Invisible Chains: Canada's Underground World of Human Trafficking" (who I believe your daughter Jessie's case is mentioned) which exposes cases of human trafficking worldwide and even locally here in Canada.

Our MC for the evening will be Graham Neil, Award Winning CTV Entertainment Reporter, and our Honourary Chair will be Mrs. Marie Stelmach.

I would like to cordially invite you to our 2nd Annual Fundraiser and perhaps we can both collectively work together in bringing more awareness about Human Trafficking. Tickets for the event are $50.00 and all proceeds from the event will go towards the project in Ukraine. If you and/or anyone else you may know that would be interested in attending our fundraiser or becoming involved with our organization please email me at (email address) and I will set aside some tickets for you.

Thank you for your time and I look forward to hearing from you.

Ollie

We messaged back and forth, trying to figure out a way to get me to Edmonton for this fundraiser/book launch. Then on October 21, 2010 I got the email below that I had been waiting/hoping for:

Hi Glendene,

Well pack your bag my dear you are coming to Edmonton. I will email you the info once I have it confirmed.

Ollie

She gave me my Air Canada flight info and Sawridge hotel info – and I was leaving on Saturday the 23rd coming back on Sunday the 24th.

I packed my bag and my laptop and I went to Edmonton. But before I went, I contacted CTV's Access TV's news show in Edmonton called ALBERTA PRIMETIME about possibly mentioning Jessie during an interview they were doing with Professor Benjamin Perrin, author of INVISIBLE CHAINS: Canada's Underground World of Human Trafficking and Andrea Burkhart from ACT (Action Coalition on human Trafficking) Alberta.

I got an email back from Danny Baldassarre, the Senior Video Journalist & Features Producer, telling me he is very interested in talking to me about Jessie. Then I got another email telling me he would like to meet me at the hotel at 3pm, before the fundraiser at 5pm, to interview me. He told me they are not just going to do a segment on their show on Jessie's case, but they are planning on doing a feature show by itself. I told him that would be great.

I got up really early on Saturday morning – October 23 and went to the airport. I was booked on the 6:00AM flight from Kamloops, BC to Vancouver, BC then from Vancouver, BC to Edmonton. AB. I got to the Edmonton airport knowing that I was getting picked up by Ollie, the person I was in email contact with about this trip. But I could not find 'him'. I put the ' around him, because it turns out Ollie is a her!

At first I was not able to find anyone looking for me. I went to the information booth and asked one of the two women there to page Ollie Sluzar to come to the booth, but no one came. About half an hour after I landed and waited, I was getting concerned. I opened my laptop and found a number for someone else she was working with and called her. She was not sure where Ollie was, but did manage to tell me that Ollie was not a he. I was getting more concerned at about 45 minutes into my wait when a woman came up to the information booth and asked them to please page Glendene Grant. I looked over and it was Ollie. I was pretty happy to see her.

She was so sorry for the delay, she was held up at the car rental place – her car was being repaired and she needed a vehicle to get me to and from the airport and the fundraiser. We drove to the hotel she had booked for me, but the room was not quite ready, so we went to the restaurant for some nachos.

When it was ready, we went up to the room – 420, the Royal Suite. It was awesome.

You went in the door and to the right was the bathroom with a huge hot tub and a huge shower. There were two sinks, a toilet and a bidey (this was my first time seeing one, but I was talking about bideys with Shona just a couple of weeks ago).

They there was a hallway to the living room with a door shutting off the bathroom. The living room was huge with a desk, several chairs, a couch and a huge flat screen TV. There was also, strangely, a large counter with a sink in it on the side of the living room, not sure what it is all about, but hey – it didn't bother me!

The bedroom had a huge king-size bed with a feather top and feather pillows that was so very comfortable. I had a great sleep that night. There was another big TV in the bedroom, not as big as the living room, but it was still pretty big. And there were French Doors to shut out the living room.

The room was amazing. And it was perfect for the interview. When Danny got there he set up his camera, lighting and sound equipment and we spent about 2 hours doing the interview. Ollie had got there just as we started the interview and as soon as it was over we left for the “2nd Annual Fundraiser" Dinner, Live Auction and Gifts of Hope at the Youth Unity Complex. The dinner was amazing. A true Ukrainian feast.

The MC for the evening was Graham Neil, Award winning CTV Entertainment Reporter, the Honourary Chair was Mrs. Marie Stelmach, wife of the Premier of Alberta, Ed Stelmach and the guest speaker was Professor Benjamin Perrin, author of Invisible Chains, Canada's Underground World of Human Trafficking.

There were about 200 people there and it was light and enjoyable. Considering the topic, it was nice to see people were having a good time. There were 3 different cameras in place – one was CTV filming Graham, their own reporter; one was Danny filming for the Access Alberta Primetime feature on Jessie he was doing; and one was OMNI, a local Edmonton station. And of course there was me, documenting everything to do with anything on Jessie's case. Taking pictures of everything, as usual.

Members from the group NASHI in Saskatoon, SK were there. This is the group that this fundraiser was being held for. They are in the middle of building Klenovi Lyst (Maple Leaf) Centre, a safe house in Stoyaniv, Ukraine. I met NASHI's president, Savelia Curniski, a wonderful Ukrainian woman who has dedicated her life to helping others from her home country who have been victims of human trafficking, giving them a place to go to heal and become survivors.

There was a woman there, Anna Radyo who was at the fundraiser last year. It affected her greatly and she wrote a poem, which she read to us and then gave us a copy. This is her poem:

I WILL NOT TURN AWAY

Dear Katie, Anya, Tanya, Oksana, Natasha, Olesia, Eva,

Your face, brutal nightmare, your sorrow moves through my heart now.

The assault to your soul is unbearable, unthinkable.

Your beautiful and sacred body and womanhood ravaged and raped!

It is too much pain. It is too much pain, my dear sisters. It is too much pain.

So I pledge to you to not close my eyes and turn my heart from you.

To take at least one piece of this overwhelming pain and pledge my commitment to you to not turn away.

I will not turn away.

by Anna Radyo

There was a very good live and a very good silent auction there. They had a bar where they sold beer and wine (by the glass and by the bottle) and they took donations. I was told the fundraiser was very successful.

During Professor Perrin's speech, he talked about Jessie, her disappearance and how she is a classic case of human trafficking, just as he did in Vancouver. At both book launches he read Jessie's pages from the book to the audience and he introduced me to them. He also told me at both events that he was going to speak to Prime Minister Stephen Harper at our nation's capital on Wednesday, October 27, 2010. And he did. He left me this message on Thursday: As promised, I raised Jessie's case both publicly in Ottawa and privately with senior officials. Thank you for your courage.

Something that Professor Perrin told us during his talk, was that at another book launch earlier in the day at the Edmonton Art Gallery, a woman came up to him to talk to him about a possible human trafficking victim. He was given enough information to call the police and before the evening fundraiser and second book launch, there was some good news, the potential victim was rescued and safe. What a wonderful story to have heard, with the best possible ending.

After Professor Perrin's speech many people came up to me. They wanted to tell me they will be praying for Jessie and they wanted to give me a hug. Many of them gave me their email address and told me to please keep in touch.

By the time we finished up and I got back to the hotel it was nearly midnight. I could not sleep right away so I put my pictures that I took on my computer, decided to take advantage of the hot tub, then I watched a bit of TV and fell asleep.

The next day Ollie picked me up at the hotel and took me to the airport for my 1:00PM flight. The trip took me from Edmonton, AB to Calgary, AB then from Calgary, AB to Kamloops, BC. I got home just before 3:00Pm.

It was a very successful trip as far as getting more attention on Jessie's case and getting a good interview for a feature news TV show. I also met many wonderful new people who are now supporting and praying for Jessie's safe return.


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Post by Pedro Silva on Wed Nov 03, 2010 9:05 am

I got this message from a friend of Jessie's from Calgary and I am very happy to share it with you.

They worked together, and also with Jessie's stepsister, Jodie.



I worked with Jessie (in Calgary) at Boston Pizza as well with Jodie ... I (met) Jessie first ...



(One thing) I will always remember about your beautiful daughter is (this) ...



We would talk a lot and she always said how much she loved her sisters ...



Anyways my daughter who is overweight was having a hard time getting bullied etc ... and Jessie said it hurt her so much because her sister (used to feel) the same way ... so your beautiful girl called (my daughter) Jordyn and talked to her and told her she should not care what other people say because the only people that matter are the ones that love you ....



She even went as far as bringing in some pictures she had (of herself) with (her friend Moka Only & the band) Swollen Members to get copies for Jordyn because that was Jordyn's favourite band at the time ...



And (Jordyn) thought Jessie was bigger than life to actually have met them and she really made Jordyn feel better about herself ...



Jordyn is 16 now ... and she still has the picture on her wall ...



I was shocked to hear about all that had happened because she was so sweet and innocent - ya she had a crazzzy side but who doesn’t ...



She will always be thought of in my family ...



And I know how much she cherished you all ... And that’s why she touched my heart ...



Oh yeah and working with her for almost a year and her being a goof-ball too ... Angela



I asked Angela if I could share this story & their names, and I also asked her if she ever heard Jessie belch (she could out burp any guy), and she said the following:



Hahaha - Yes I did many times!!!!



You are welcome to share it and our names - (Jessie) truly touched our hearts ...



She sometimes would ask me to come out with her - so goofy and funny. I'd say I'm too old to hang out with you - (but) she always made me feel younger and would say your not old your a hot mama!!!



Ahhh bless her heart ... Angela


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Post by Pedro Silva on Fri Nov 05, 2010 12:19 am

My friends, update from Jessie´s mum Glendene:

I have been invited to share Jessie's case at the Salvation Army's HOPE IN THE CITY luncheon in Vancouver on November 25, 2010 - TODAY they will be here to do the video part for it!

It started with the following email and then a couple of phone calls and another email later, it is arranged that Allison and David will be here from Burnaby {very close to [some say part of, but not if you are from there] Vancouver} to do Jessie's and my part of their video and then I will be going back to Vancouver {Burnaby} on November 25 for the HOPE IN THE CITY luncheon.

Hi Glendene,

My name is Jamie Richards and I attended the reception and launch for Ben Perrin's book last Monday at the Chan Center, where Ben referred to your story a few times.

Every year The Salvation Army hosts an event called the Hope in the City Luncheon, which raises funds for our anti-human trafficking program and builds awareness. The funds support Deborah's Gate, which is our safe house for victims who are escaping trafficking Ben is speaking at the event for the second year, and we are really excited to build on the success of last years event.

One of the elements of the lunch that we are currently working on is a video. We have a project called Hope Giver that shares the story of people who were once hopeless who are now giving hope to other people. At the event your courageous spirit was so evident, as was your commitment to pursue your daughter and raise awareness around the devastating issue of trafficking. This spirit is obviously something that builds hope in everyone who comes in contact with you.

I was wondering if we could talk about sharing your story in the video. We respect that this is a sensitive subject, so we could obviously discuss how the story would be presented to make sure you are comfortable.

Thanks for your consideration!

Jamie Lynn Richards Special Projects & Events

The Salvation Army | Divisional Headquarters | British Columbia Division

#103 - 3833 Henning Drive, Burnaby BC V5C 6N5

Website: http://www.SalvationArmy.ca/

Then after I replied that I was very interested in their project, she called me. We talked for about half an hour and during our talk, she asked me if I would like to attend on November 25, 2010. I told her yes, and she said they would arrange for me to get there. It seems funny that I will be seeing Professor Perrin again (I hope he does not think I am stalking . . I mean, following him around from Vancouver to Edmonton and back to Vancouver).

After that call, I got a call from Jamie's colleague Allison, we talked for almost an hour. She had gone online when they first heard of Jessie on October 18 and wanted to know about her before calling me. Then she sent the following email:

Hi Glendene,

So great to chat with you today and I'm looking forward to next Wednesday : )

Many blessings,

Allison Steenburgh Public Relations Associate

The Salvation Army | Divisional Headquarters | British Columbia Division

#103 - 3833 Henning Drive, Burnaby BC V5C 6N5

Website: http://www.SalvationArmy.ca/


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Post by Pedro Silva on Fri Nov 26, 2010 1:00 am

My friends, a request from Jessie Foster´s mum, Glendene, please help:

The costs of having a missing child are greater than you know. I do know, I have lived this nightmare for almost 5 years.

Most of you know that I am the mother of a missing woman. You know that Jessie Foster is an international endangered missing woman and the victim of human trafficking. But what you may not know is this . . .

Emotionally: we are completely spent – overdrawn, as you can imagine.

Spiritually: we are fortunate to have many people who are there for us, helping us stay strong.

Financially: we are drained . . . barely hanging on by the skin of our teeth and in some instances, we have lost our hold.

I would appreciate it so much, if somehow, the Canadian government could help us out with the costs involved with having a missing loved one for nearly 5 years - FOR NEARLY HALF A DECADE!! The income stops, (temporarily for some and permanently for others . . . who can work when this happens?) but the bills don't. The everyday bills keep piling up.

And then there are all the new bills – for private investigators; trips to meet with investigators or to identify bodies; money for paper and ink to make posters; hundred if not thousands of long-distance phone calls; you name it, we have to pay for it. It is very overwhelming. But who do I have to turn to? No one. Sadly, there is no one to help me. Thankfully we have done a lot of fundraising, but it is a lot to keep asking of my small community. We have done most of the fundraising here in Kamloops, BC, with a few in Calgary, AB and Edmonton, AB – there was even a yard sale in Surrey, BC back in the summer of 2006. It has certainly helped, but it is just not enough.

I have spent all my money and much of my time trying to find my own daughter and to prevent this from happening to others. I volunteer my time to go into high-schools with Crime Stoppers to educate the students about human trafficking. I do all I can to combat this horrific crime, and then I go home to no groceries in my home; rent not paid; BC Hydro, Teresan Gas, Shaw Cable & Internet and Telus threatening to shut off my services (Telus did disconnect my long distance due to their own error – and without crediting me for this horrible inconvenience, so I finally got rid of them and I have got Shaw phone now). I have no credit cards, because I had no money to pay them and so now I also have to deal with my credit being in the toilet.

The list goes on and on, and until now, I have not sat around whining and complaining much about it, but I do feel that I have the right to sometimes, so I am letting it out now. I am tired of not being able to cook a decent meal or make some cookies because my grandchildren are coming over, or for the life of me - TO BUY MY BEAUTIFUL GRANDCHILDREN A BIRTHDAY PRESENT. I can't even do that at this time of my life. After years . . . after decades of working and providing for my family, I now cannot even provide for myself.

PLEASE, help me get some justice for Jessie and some help for me. I really can't keep on going like this, but I know I will. No matter what, I WILL FIND JESSIE, OR DIE TRYING.

Again, thank you all for your time and prayers, and remember, with Christmas coming, we have another hurdle to get over. Christmas 2005 was the last day that I ever laid my eyes on my daughter. Christmas is hard enough when you have a missing child, but with that day marking the ‘anniversary’ (for lack of a better word), sadly, it can be one of the worst days of the year. And without money to pay bills, there is certainly no money to celebrate the holiday.

I am putting my Christmas 2010 message to Jessie below.

Sincerely, Jessie’s mom Glendene Grant.


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To my Jessie-Bessie:

2010 . . . another Christmas without you here. Five Christmases of not knowing but never forgetting. I will always remember my last sight of you, it was on Christmas Day 2005 – SIX CHRISTMASES AGO. You were going into the Kamloops airport and you flew away, to the fate that awaited you, a fate that no one knew or saw coming, except maybe you, my girl.

We think of you and talk about you every day – I even talk TO you almost every day. We all miss you so much, but your sisters miss you like only a sister can. Crystal needs her little sister back, she needs you to be there in her life again. And your little sisters are both mothers now. Katie has a little boy Jacobus James, or JJ, who is almost 2 and Jennee has two little girls, Maddison Louise, or Maddie, is almost 3 and Ilianna Joy, or Ili, is almost 1. They are the most wonderful, beautiful, joyful little children you could ever know. Your little sisters need their big sister Jessie to know their babies. Their babies know you, sweetie. They love you already, and we promise you, no matter what, they will know you as we do.

We all love you baby and we all need you back. And always know this, sweet daughter of mine, I WILL FIND YOU . . . OR DIE TRYING. I love you baby-girl, love Mom. xoxoxoxox

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Post by Pedro Silva on Sun Nov 28, 2010 10:49 am

NOVEMBER 26, 2010: This is the link to an article called Hope in the City Lunch: Deborah’s Gate by Julie Burtinshaw.
NOVEMBER 25, 2010: This is the link to the Salvation Army HOPE IN THE CITY video, HOPE GIVER, that was shown at the Luncheon fundraiser held on Thursday, November 25, 2010 in Burnaby, BC.
NOVEMBER 23, 2010: This is the link to the article that was posted in World Wide Hippies called Taken: Jessie’s Story by Michelle Close Mills.

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On Thursday, November 25, 2010, I attended the HOPE IN THE CITY fundraiser luncheon in Burnaby (Vancouver), BC. I was invited after one of the organizers of the event saw me at Professor Benjamin Perrin’s book launch for INVISIBLE CHAINS: Canada’s Underground World of Human Trafficking. She sent the following message:

Hi Glendene, my name is Jamie R. and I attended the reception and launch for Ben Perrin's book last Monday at the Chan Center, where Ben referred to your story a few times.

Every year The Salvation Army hosts an event called the Hope in the City Luncheon, which raises funds for our anti-human trafficking program and builds awareness. The funds support Deborah's Gate, which is our safe house for victims who are escaping trafficking Ben is speaking at the event for the second year, and we are really excited to build on the success of last years event.

One of the elements of the lunch that we are currently working on is a video. We have a project called Hope Giver that shares the story of people who were once hopeless who are now giving hope to other people. At the event your courageous spirit was so evident, as was your commitment to pursue your daughter and raise awareness around the devastating issue of trafficking. This spirit is obviously something that build hope in everyone who comes in contact with you.

I was wondering if we could talk about sharing your story in the video? We respect that this is a sensitive subject, so we could obviously discuss how the story would be presented to make sure you are comfortable. Thanks for your consideration!


Of course I said yes and so they sent Allison S. and David to my home in Kamloops to do the video, and then they made the arrangements for me to get to Burnaby (Vancouver) and back. I left Wednesday, November 24th, but the weather was not great. The plane left an hour late (booked for 7:20PM, left at 8:30PM), so of course, it got me in late. Then when I got to Vancouver, my suitcase did not end up on the luggage carrousel. SO, I had to fill out a DELAYED BAGGAGE claim and wait for them to look for it. I suggested they check the cart on the tarmac, in case it ended up with the non-checked baggage. They never did, and eventually they found it, ON THE CART WITH THE NON-CHECKED BAGGAGE!!! LOL – but hey, no matter how irritating it was to wait for the flights and to wait for my suitcase – it was really nothing in the realm of things. In my life it was nothing.

OH, I have to mention this. When I was going down to Las Vegas, NV for the first time when Jessie first went missing, my best friend, Brenda Rose and I were booked to fly from Vancouver, BC to Calgary, AB so we could go through Jessie's storage unit before we went to Las Vegas, NV. Well two funny things happened.

The second one first: we drove from Jessie's dads place in the Northeast end of Calgary all the way to the Southwest end of the city – about 40 or 50 minutes of driving, only to find out when we got there that we had the wrong key for the storage unit, so we ended up going through it on our way home from Las Vegas – which was not too bad, because though we found a lot of stuff in there, there was not really anything that would have changed the course of our trip to Las Vegas.

The first funny thing: (though certainly not funny when it happened) was on the drive to Vancouver in Brenda's truck to get to an international airport. She did not have a tailgate on her truck, and I questioned the safety of our luggage in the back, considering we would be driving through the mountains of British Columbia for around 4 hours from Kamloops to Vancouver. She told me it was okay, not to worry, and I said okay, worried to death!! So, we get all the way to Vancouver and were heading to my brother's place where we would be parking the truck while we were gone. I looked in the back of the truck and my heart stopped. Where there were once 4 suitcases – my 2 red ones and Brenda's 2 blue ones, and there were just 3. Two blue and ONE red. One of my suitcases was gone. I instantly felt my heart start to beat; Brenda was trying to keep me from panicking, though I think internally she was going 's###'!! 'OH NO'!!! We back-tracked our travels for a bit, but there were no signs of the bag – or the items scattered across the road. So we stopped and called my brother, explained where we were and he said he would come meet up with us. Then we phoned my house in case someone found it and called my number from the tag on it. YA, like that is about to happen. I got a hold of my hubby, and he told me that a man just called and said he found my suitcase and he left his phone number and address. YAHOO! I was amazed and thrilled. I thanked God for this, since it was my big suitcase and it had my binder of Jessie articles, which is like a bible to me during this. So, my brother got to where we were, and we followed him to get my bag! We got the bag and got to my brother's place to park the truck and he got us to the airport just in time to make our flight.

SO, MISSING LUGGAGE IS NOT SOMETHING I HAVE NO EXPERIENCE WITH.

ANYWAYS. I got to the hotel at about 11:00PM or so. Allison had picked me up and drove me there. I ended up not able to sleep until at least 2:00AM, and then I woke up at about 5:30AM – from the wind howling outside. Vancouver was getting one of the very few snow storms (they are on the pacific coast – the Pacific Ocean), they get a lot of rain there. And there was a lot of snow happening. I ended up watching some TV and getting on the Internet, checking my mail and posting on Facebook. Even had a quick exchange with my daughter, Jennee, who thought I had not told her I was going to Vancouver (but I had).

Then Allison called and said because of the amount of snow they were coming to pick me up an hour earlier than we discussed the night before, so I finished getting ready. I was packed and waiting for them and anxious to get the day under way. I was looking forward to this event – meeting the people and seeing the video that David had worked so hard on.

It was about an hour or a bit longer of a drive to get there – it was at a golf course in Burnaby, but I can’t recall the name, and that is too bad, because it was a very nice place. But we got there a bit early and they finished setting up (they had started the night before). People started mingling and soon all the guests were there – 250 people. There was a silent auction in the back room and people were bidding on items before lunch was served.

Lunch was awesome. The first course was a spinach salad with a stack of tomatoes and cheese and some saucy-stuff on top. Sorry, but I don’t know the name of the dish, but it was very good. The main course was a scoop of mashed potatoes with some stuffing in the middle, and on top of that there was some turkey with gravy. There were roasted yams, green beans, carrots and cranberries. Desert was a miniature apple pie with a scoop of ice cream on top and a dollop of whipping cream with a strawberry stuck in it. IT WAS ALL DELICIOUS.

After we ate they played the video about Jessie’s case, I was introduced to everyone. I was actually amazed – I got a standing ovation. There was hardly a dry eye in the place, including mine. I was asked several questions about Jessie and her case . . . and then I got to sit down again. OH, I never mentioned this – I was at the head table, with guest speaker Professor Perrin, emcee Pamela Martin, (co-anchor with Bill Good on Vancouver’s CTV News at Six) and several others. It was such an honour.

So, after that we got the honour of listening to Professor Perrin speak. I am always in awe at the amount of knowledge this man has. I have learned so much from him and I have even been finding myself starting to use some of his wording. For example, in his book he writes about LOVE BOMBING, meaning showering the victim with love (instead of drugs), exactly what happened to Jessie. I now know the correct term to use, just like when I used to say “Jessie was taken away against her will and is being forced to work in the sex-trade” – now I say “Jessie is the victim of human trafficking”. I have always known what I mean; I just have not always had the correct terminology for it.

After our wonderful guest speaker was done they held their live auction. There were some amazing pieces of artwork; a Vancouver Canucks hockey stick signed by the entire team; many different crowns that were made by some of the women & their daughters and where being used for the table centerpieces; and several other very nice items. And after both auctions it was time to leave. I was given a thank you gift, which was a beautiful leather bound Salvation Army binder, and a HUGE basket of goodies. I was able to get most of it in my suitcase except for 3 things.

I wanted to mention something Professor Perrin and I talked about at the table. About how I had written an article called “Prostitution – The World’s Oldest Profession and the only profession to allow its workers to be KIDNAPPED &/or KILLED” and after it was published in the Sept/Oct 2010 CrimeWatch Canada Magazine, I changed my opinion about something I had put in it. He said that is okay, that he too had a change of heart about things over the years, including having The Swedish Model change his ways of thinking some too, though he did not elaborate how. What he encouraged me to do, was to write about how this changed my mind. He told me it would be something important to tell people.

The thing that I changed my mind about is that I once thought that legalizing prostitution was most likely the only solution to a horrific problem. Now I don’t think that at all. Not since I read The Swedish Model. That told me there IS another solution and it IS working perfectly fine, thank you very much! Actually the name has expanded to The Nordic Model, because when Sweden made the act of selling sex (demand) legal BUT the act of buying sex (supply) illegal and driving a lot of the pimps and human traffickers out of Sweden and into the neighbouring countries – the neighbouring countries established the same laws. Now modern-day sex slavery has all but diminished over there. Why can’t we do it here? Great question and one Professor Perrin has been trying to get answered.

At the event I asked Professor Benjamin Perrin if he would think about coming to Kamloops to do a talk and he said of course. Now, that would be awesome and I could be involved in organizing it! I will see what we can figure out and let everyone know.

When it was time to leave, the plane was an hour late and, you got it – my suitcase did not make it. I had to file a DELAYED BAGGAGE claim and it was delivered to my home the next morning.

HOME-SWEET-HOME!

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I have been invited to speak about Jessie and human trafficking at the official launch of CANADIANS AGAINST SLAVERY in Toronto, Ontario on January 28th and 29th, 2011 (my younger sister Barb’s birthday is January 28th). I may have to do some fundraising to get there and back, but you know me, nothing will stop me. What a good way to start the new year. The 5th year of Jessie’s disappearance will be on March 29th and it is the year of Jessie’s 27th champagne birthday – she will be 27 on May 27th. I am posting the message below and when there is more info, I will let you know:

Dear Missing Jessie Foster (Mom, sisters et al),

A number of people have suggested I contact you.

We (Canadians Against Slavery) have an office space in 331 York Lanes at York University. Our mission is to research, educate and aid in partnership in order to end slavery in local and global communities.

To mark our official launch out of the Harriet Tubman Institute in Toronto, we are holding a benefit concert on January 28 and a one day conference on January 29. One of our co-founders is a musician, who recently performed in front of 10,000 people at a World Bank event in Washington, D.C. He and I are working on what we hope will be a very inspiring, uplifting concert. The conference on January 29 will feature Canadian NGOs freeing slaves; Canadian front line activists and survivors; law enforcement officials; government officials, journalists, educators and researchers. We are excited to have the International Justice Mission, Chab Dai Canada, Timea Nagy, Marty Van Doren of the RCMP, government officials and other organizations, survivors, officials and advocates set to present. I suspect you already know many of them, but perhaps will not know some of those doing work on forced labour and/or trafficking for forced marriage.

We believe that not enough attention has been drawn to Jessie's case. Would you be interested in presenting, participating or presenting at our launch?

I look forward to hearing from you, Karlee S.

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I wrote this article earlier this month: Hooker Barbie, Druggie Barbie – Pimp Ken, and then last week I got a call from another Canadian mother – she had been searching for some place to turn to for help and she found this and she found me.

The first was a mother who was referred to me by ACT (Action Coalition of human Trafficking – Alberta) when they did not know how to help her. Her daughter was being groomed and was about to become a human trafficking victim. We were able to save her. We talked and talked – I talked to the mom, the dad and the daughter and now she is safe and sound and away from everything. WHAT A WONDERFUL FEELING IT IS, TO KNOW I HAVE HELPED SAVE SOMEONE.

The call I got last week was from another woman who told me about her daughter, who she suspected was being groomed by a human trafficker. She had left her home and gone to Las Vegas, and was losing contact with her family and friends. Her story is so much like Jessie’s but there was one huge difference, she was not missing and we were not about to allow it to happen. I have been in touch with this mother and I have got her in touch with people in Canada and in Las Vegas, NV USA who are able to help save this young woman. CAN YOU BELIEVE IT? I HAVE ACTUALLY HELPED SAVE 2 YOUNG WOMEN FROM A VERY QUESTIONABLE FATE. Knowing this truly helps me get through this horrible time in my life.

Another person that I believe I have helped is a young woman who was rescued from a human trafficking ring several years ago, but she was having trouble coping and we spent some time conversing back and forth – I referred her to someone that is even more experienced at counselling than I and I think that this has helped. We have not talked for a while, but I know she would contact me if she needed me. THIS IS MY CALLING. I HAVE BEEN GIVEN THE ABILITY TO TALK TO PEOPLE, TO RELATE TO THEM AND FOR THEM TO UNDERSTAND I AM HERE FOR THEM.

I have also been approached by people in the USA who need help, but I have not got the knowledge of the different states, so I have been referring them to a dear friend of mine and probably America’s leading human trafficking expert.

I do not judge people, because trust me; I don’t want to be judged by them. It is not up to me to decide what a person should be doing – but I do give people my honest opinion and great wealth of human trafficking knowledge and I help them to make some good choices – to make some educated decisions. EDUCATION IS POWER!

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And so you all know, I have been directed on how to make a request form for me to send out when I get an invitation to go to a function like these fundraisers I have been going to.

It was explained to me (and I knew, but did not know what to do about it) that I cannot keep giving my time away, as I also have bills to pay and I still have to eat and pay rent, and she considers me a teacher and that all teachers get paid and for me to not feel bad about asking for a fee to attend, after all, these fundraiser are raising a lot of money for the organizations and there is not one other person that is there to speak that is not being paid a fee. So, I am proud to announce that I am hopefully on my way to earning an income as I continue to do the good work I do for this cause. As I continue to educate the citizens of my country and our world about human trafficking. I will no longer feel as if I am only doing this for Jessie and my family. I am doing this for everyone – for everyone's child, everyone's sibling, everyone's parent. I am doing this for everyone, including myself. Thank you all for your continued support, love and prayers in our search for Jessie. And remember, if you want me to attend a function, a class, an organization's event or fundraiser, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Below I am attaching what the form looks like so you can see it, including my logo for M.A.T.H. that I created myself and I am very proud of. If you would like a copy of the request in document form, please message me for it and I will be happy to send it and very happy to have anyone decided to help support my work in educating people about human trafficking and telling the world about missing Jessie Foster. That form will have room for you to answer the questions, this does not.

REMEMBER: donations are always accepted to help keep the case to find Jessie Foster from going cold. Even if the North Las Vegas police detective on the case may THINK it is, we KNOW it is not.
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© M.A.T.H. Mothers Against Trafficking Humans

[EVENT / SPEAKER REQUEST FORM]

Please read the following and fill in where requested before completing this request:

Glendene Grant, founder of M.A.T.H., is the mother of missing Jessie Foster. Jessie is an international endangered missing woman and the victim of human trafficking. Jessie is from Canada and was lured to the USA, forced to work for an escort agency and when she tried to leave months later, she vanished

Ø Glendene’s first priority is to educate others on the crime of human trafficking, a crime that has been sweeping the world forever, but is now finally front-page news in Canada and the USA.

Ø Glendene also includes a bio of her daughter Jessie Foster, to show that she really could have been anyone’s daughter, sister, or friend or more importantly, that this can happen to anyone.

Ø Glendene is very dedicated to this educational program so she can help prevent others from living what her family has been through, especially her daughter, Jessie Foster, for so long.

Ø Glendene’s speaking fees go directly to back to M.A.T.H. to ensure that she is able to stay informed and trained, and to continue these educational presentations that are so important.



1. What is the name of your Organization?

2. What type of service does your organization provide?



3. What is your target date and estimated time of the presentation?

4. What is the location or region of where this presentation will take place?

5. How many people are you expecting to attend?

6. What is the length of time you would like Glendene to speak for?

7. What is your budget?

8. Please indicate (P) what you would like to be included with this presentation:

a. Jessie Foster’s personal story

b. Glendene’s past half decade searching for Jessie and learning about human trafficking

c. General information about human trafficking in Canada

i. Laws

ii. Cases

iii. Human trafficking presentation

Speaking Request fee:

LOCATION
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travel & hotel
3 meals per day ($60)


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Please email your form to: jessiesmom@jessiefoster.ca

Subject line: EVENT or SPEAKING REQUEST

Do the M.A.T.H.: Per year there are up to *2.5 million victims worldwide plus a global market of over **40 billion dollars.

#1: DRUGS - sold and used once.

#2: GUNS - sold and used several times.

#3: PEOPLE - sold and used over & over & over.

*The UN estimates "800,000 to 2.5 million new victims from 155 countries are trafficked annually"

**The Council of Europe states a "global annual (modern-day slavery) market of about $42.5 billion"


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Post by Pedro Silva on Sun Dec 19, 2010 8:57 am

Well, here it is, December 18, 2010 – one week before Christmas, before the 5th Christmas without Jessie. How in the world could so much time have gone by and me still sane? Well, as sane as possible.

So much has happened since Jessie has been missing – things with her case and things with our family. The biggest and best things to have happened were the births of my grandchildren. Jessie went missing in 2006 and in 2007 I became a grandma for the first time.

It was such a life changing moment that I had to get out of the past were I had been stuck since March 29, 2006 and get into the present where there was a little baby girl that needed things. My daughter, her mommy, needed me to give her advice and help some times and I had to be there for them. I had to be there for all 4 of my daughters and now all 3 of my grandchildren.

So, against what I would have preferred to do back then, I decided to get back into life as much as possible. I knew that it would not be the same, but I also knew that when (some say if) Jessie comes home; I needed to be sane and ready to help her with anything that she needs.

I also knew that I had to be sane for Crystal, Katie and Jennee as they were all young women with their entire lives ahead of them and they needed to succeed in whatever they did. I felt they would not be able to if they had to worry, not just about their missing sister, but about their crazy mom. THEY DO NOT DESERVE THAT.

It was then that I decided that I did not need anti-depressants (I told Dr. Patterson that I was not depressed I was sad and therefore I did not need to be on any pills). Truthfully though, I was quite not ready to face the world, so for a short time I tried drinking, but I have never really been much of a fan of alcohol, so I quit that.

Then I discovered that I felt so much better if I wrote (typed) things out that were on my mind. That is my ‘anti-depressant’ . . . that is my drug!! And to top it off, I hear from people all the time telling me that they just read something I had written and that it helped them understand things so much better; or they realized that if I could do it, then so could they – and they somehow seemed to get strength from my words. I have also been told by hundreds of people that I have opened their eyes to the crime of missing persons and human trafficking and they thank me for this.

I have had such a hard time wrapping my brain around the fact that I am actually helping people. I mean, to me, I am just me – a woman, a mother and a grandmother. To others I am brave and a source of information and advice on the missing and on human trafficking. Can you imagine?

Can you imagine how good it felt when I got a call from a mother whose daughter is possibly being set up to be a victim of human trafficking – telling me that Jessie’s case has opened her eyes and now she sees what is really happening? Getting me to speak to her daughter, who I have bonded with and grown to care a great deal about, about things I know and about Jessie and how she thought she was in love with the person who we believe knows something about her disappearance.

Can you imagine how good it felt when I got a call from a mother whose daughter was ‘lured’ to the USA and was most likely being ‘groomed’ to be a prostitute? She believes her daughter may end up in a position similar to Jessie and after reading things I had written, she called me and I was able to give her some advice and introduce her to some people who have been helping her.

CAN YOU IMAGINE? It is the next best thing to getting Jessie back.

I wanted to touch on this LOVE thing I mentioned above. Jessie was in love with her “fiancé” (I will call him, “HE” or “HIM” from now on, because he was no more her true fiancé than I am) with all her heart. She was 21 and thought this was it – she thought she would get married and . . . ya, live happily ever after. He proposed to her in a very short time and she wore a big, beautiful princess-cut diamond engagement ring.

Now, in his book INVISIBLE CHAINS: Canada’s Underground World of Human Trafficking, Professor Benjamin Perrin termed this as LOVE BOMBING. This is from Chapter 5, BUYING LOCAL – CANADIAN VICTIMS, pages 61 and 62:

QUOTE. Poverty, the desire for love, and the desire for money, in that order, are the three key vulnerabilities that permit domestic sex traffickers to recruit and control victims, according to those familiar with the techniques. Applied with practised care, the routine proves enormously successful in coercing vulnerable underage girls and women into a life of sexual exploitation.

When traffickers encounter victims seeking love and attention, they commonly begin relationships by becoming “boyfriends” to their victims. This “falling in love” stage takes place over approximately two weeks. The girls are told they’re beautiful, and they’re taken to fancy restaurants and given lavish gifts. By showering a targeted girl with affection and fulfilling her material desires, the trafficker builds allegiance, eventually allowing him to manipulate her. Street gangs refer to these recruiting tactics as “love bombing”. The greater the value of the targeted female on the flesh market and the more sophisticated the trafficker, the longer he can take in “grooming” her.

This particular exploitation process requires that the girls be sexually inexperienced. For this reason, most are recruited between fourteen and sixteen, with some as young as twelve . . .

These inexperienced girls think they know more than they do . . .

He professes love while introducing other seemingly innocent acts to break down barriers, such as having a girl put on lingerie and dance for him. To create a sense of normality, the “boyfriend” will introduce sex acts that a girl may never have performed. UNQUOTE.

So, does that sound familiar to anyone???

- Jessie was originally taken to the USA on 2 “vacations”, but they were obviously not a vacation, they were part of her “grooming”.

- We know “he” was Jessie’s boyfriend for a few short weeks, perhaps a bit more than two weeks.

- Jessie was of great value to her traffickers (I was personally told by the owner of the escort agency that Jessie was beaten and forced to work at [not by the owner], that Jessie earned over $3,000 a night . . . but the next day had to borrow a dollar from someone to buy a bottle of soda-pop).

- From what we understand about “him”, “he” was very sophisticated.

- When Jessie first met the person who took her down to the USA (we will refer to him as a “recruiter”), she was still in high school and she was just 16 years old.

- Jessie did think she knew more than she did. I always say she thought she was invincible and was a city girl. When she came home to the small-city (or big-town) of Kamloops, she was becoming a “city girl”, but she was by no means, INVINCIBLE!

It sounds like Professor Perrin is specifically describing Jessie, (which already had, but in a previous chapter), but he was actually talking generally about a classic case of domestic human trafficking.

In 2007, when I was first told by the former human trafficking agency in Las Vegas called ATLAS (Anti-Trafficking League Against Slavery), that Jessie’s case was a CLASSIC CASE OF HUMAN TRAFFICKING, I was stunned. CLASSIC???

It shocked me that in North America, that in the 21st century, there was such a thing. Now it does not shock me at all. Sad, but true. I know now that human trafficking in North America is running rampant.

To my Jessie-Bessie:



2010 . . . another Christmas without you here. Five Christmases of not knowing but never forgetting. I will always remember my last sight of you, it was on Christmas Day 2005 – SIX CHRISTMASES AGO. You were going into the Kamloops airport and you flew away, to the fate that awaited you, a fate that no one knew or saw coming, except maybe you, my girl.



We think of you and talk about you every day – I even talk TO you almost every day. We all miss you so much, but your sisters miss you like only a sister can. Crystal needs her little sister back, she needs you to be there in her life again. And your little sisters are both mothers now. Katie has a little boy Jacobus James, or JJ, who is almost 2 and Jennee has two little girls, Maddison Louise, or Maddie, is almost 3 and Ilianna Joy, or Ili, is almost 1. They are the most wonderful, beautiful, joyful little children you could ever know. Your little sisters need their big sister Jessie to know their babies. Their babies know you, sweetie. They love you already, and we promise you, no matter what, they will know you as we do.



We all love you baby and we all need you back. And always know this, sweet daughter of mine, I WILL FIND YOU . . . OR DIE TRYING. I love you baby-girl, love Mom. xoxoxoxox



There have been so many people who wanted to share their Christmas spirit with us. All of the messages and prayers from everyone mean so much to me. Several people and businesses have sent us things, but I have been asked by some to not personally mention them. I still have to thank you all.

A Jessie supporter put some money in our bank account so we could pick up a few groceries; when we went to the store and ran into a dear friend of ours who insisted on putting some of the grocery costs on her bank card; we got a money order from a dear friend to go get some ingredients for baking (and I have . . . jam & butter tarts; chocolate & peanut butter cookies; banana bread); we got a Wal-Mart gift card from Bob at the Comedy Factory in Edmonton (he has also done 2 fundraisers for Jessie); the family of a missing woman in the USA sent us a donation (they thought of us when they too are going through the worst possible time a family can go through – another Christmas with a missing loved one); an anonymous Jessie supporter from Facebook dropped off some things at our house to help brighten our Christmas (then called from down the street to tell me to go outside, that something was out there for us); Shaw phone, Internet and TV gave us a $1,000 credit on our bill.

THANK YOU ALL, YOU HAVE TRULY HELPED TO BRIGHTEN CHRISTMAS FOR US.

When Shaw called to tell me about their generous offer, they told me it was because a LITTLE BIRDIE sent them an email and Jessie’s story touched them so much they had to do something for us.

While talking about Jessie’s case, I was asked if Shaw has ever done anything for Jessie as far as an interview or PSA (public service announcement). I said no, and he told me that they will. Yesterday I got another call from Shaw asking if they can come over on Monday to interview me about Jessie’s case and everything I have been doing since she has been missing. I mentioned that lately a lot of my work has been with Crime Stoppers and I asked if Mark Price, the head of the Kamloops & District Crimes Stoppers officer could be here for part of the interview. He said of course. He also told me that it would start airing on Friday . . . Christmas Eve. Thank you Shaw!!

Something else that happened yesterday, I got the following email reply from the show “Missing”. Our original communication was in 2007, but nothing ever became of it, so the other day I messaged them back and got a positive reply! They are featuring Jessie on episode M-633 of “Missing”, scheduled for January 10, 2011!! Can you believe it?

From: Glendene Grant

Sent: Friday, December 17, 2010 9:45 PM

To: info@telcoproductions.com

Subject: Re: "Missing"



Larry, thank you very much. This means a lot to me and to Jessie's case. Is there anything you need from me for this?

Sincerely, Glendene.


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From: Telco Productions, Inc.

Sent: Friday, December 17, 2010 5:16 PM

To: 'Glendene Grant'

Subject: RE: "Missing"



Dear Ms. Grant,



Sorry for the long delay. We will feature a segment on Jessie Foster in episode M-633 of “Missing,” scheduled for the broadcast week of January 10, 2011 (will air the following weekend in most areas). Thank you for your patience, and for bringing Jessie’s case to our attention.



Kind regards,



Larry Dunn

Telco Productions, Inc.


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From: Glendene Grant

Sent: Tuesday, December 14, 2010 10:01 AM

To: info@telcoproductions.com

Subject: Re: "Missing"



I never did hear back from you and my daughter, Jessie Foster, is still missing. Glendene.



JESSIE FOSTER, international endangered missing woman and the victim of human trafficking.


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From: Telco Productions, Inc.

Sent: Friday, April 13, 2007 10:46 AM

To: 'Glendene Grant'

Subject: RE: "Missing"



Dear Ms. Grant,



Thank you for your e-mail; we’ll add Jessie’s case to those under consideration for future episodes of “Missing.” I will contact you when we are able to schedule an episode number and broadcast date.



Best wishes,



Larry Dunn

Telco Productions, Inc.


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From: Glendene Grant

Sent: Tuesday, April 10, 2010 3:01 PM

To: info@telcoproductions.com

Subject: Re: "Missing"

My daughter went missing from Las Vegas over 1 year ago:

My name is Glendene Grant. My daughter, Jessie Foster has been a missing person now for 1 year. She was living in Las Vegas, NV (we are from Kamloops, BC and her dad is from Calgary, AB Canada, where Jessie lived with him from 16 years old for grades 11 & 12). Jessie was living in Las Vegas from May 13th, 2005 until around March 28th, 2006, which was the last time we ever heard from her. Also since that time, her cell phone, credit cards, bank account & bankcard have not been touched. Ever.



Maybe you can do a story about Jessie - maybe put a link on your homepage to our website: www.jessiefoster.ca.



Thank you so much for taking the time to read my email, and I hope I was not too forward...but as I am the mother of a missing daughter, I don't feel that I can be too forward anymore, at least at this time of my life. Take care, sincerely, Glendene Grant.

I have also been invited to the official launch of a new human trafficking organization “Canadians Against Slavery” in Toronto, Ontario on January 28th (benefit concert) and 29th (conference), 2011. At this point I still need to see about trying to get some funding for the trip, as it was arranged before I recently decided to ask to be funded by the organizations who wanted me to attend their functions and fundraiser. But this is another important function that I feel is important for me to attend, so I won’t stop until it is arranged. Thankfully, what I cannot fund, C.A.S. will cover.

Two more things I want to mention, neither are scheduled yet, but hopefully will be soon.

1. Having been to 3 different functions with Professor Perrin since October (Vancouver, Edmonton and again in Vancouver), I feel that we have bonded somewhat (prior to that, we had just emailed back-and-forth since 2007), so I got brave and asked him if there would be any chance of him ever coming and doing his talk to the residents of Kamloops and he said yes. I have not brought it up again yet, because things have been so busy for him, but I did talk to Crime Stoppers and they agree it would be a great idea to get him here! So, hopefully sometime in the new year Professor Perrin will grace us with his presence and help educate our citizens about the horrific crime of human trafficking!

2. Now, this is kind of a long story, but only because it is 3 stories that connect to make my point.



PART 1 OF THE STORY: Back on March 29, 2007, on the one year of Jessie's disappearance, I got an email from a woman I had been communicating with at the missing person organization in the USA called the Carol Sund Foundation, telling me about a mother-daughter band in Edmonton, AB that she knew, she said years earlier, she had been in a band and toured with them. She emailed them and introduced me to Joanne and Haley Myrol, their band is called Myrol. For almost 4 years I have been online friends with them, and even though we have not met yet, I feel very close to them and they do to me and to Jessie. I am not sure if I am supposed to tell anyone about this yet, so I guess this is 'off the record' for now, but Haley Myrol is in the middle of writing a song for Jessie. It is amazing, but she really is.



PART 2 OF THE STORY: In November I was in Vancouver for the Salvation Army's Hope in the City Luncheon fundraiser. I was their Hope Giver this year. The emcee was Pamela Martin, news anchor for Vancouver's CTV News at Six with Bill Good, and the guest speaker was UBC Assistant Professor of Law, Benjamin Perrin, the author of INVISIBLE CHAINS: Canada's Underground World of Human Trafficking. Jessie's case is written about in this book and Professor Perrin discusses her case across Canada, even during a meeting with Prime Minister Stephen Harper on October 27, 2010. On my flight back to Kamloops I was seated next to a cowboy. He had the boots, the belt and the hat and a very charming personality and he introduced himself as Allen Christie. He let me use his cell-phone to call my hubby to meet me, since my original flight had been cancelled due to the poor weather and I was lucky to get one of the last seats on one of the last flights that night. We talked and eventually he told me he was musician – country of course – and he was here to play at the Cowboy Christmas Concert at the Calvary Temple on Saturday. I asked him if he had a business card, and he did. He also told me he was on Facebook. I went to his main account and his Allen Christie fan page. It was on the fan page I saw you were the only fan in common that I had with him. On his friend page, I saw that I had 2 friends on common – Joanne & Haley Myrol. I thought – wow, what a small world. And after I commented on a picture that I knew Joanne & Haley and that I had met Allen, there was a comment from Marty Lee saying that his daughter Mackenzie Lee and my daughter Jennee Grant were friends – and the weekend before that, his daughter Mackenzie and his grandson Iszaac were at my daughter Jennee's 2 daughter's birthday party – one turned 3 and one turned 1. SMALL WORLD? YES!



PART 3 OF THE STORY: Joanne Myrol sent me this message after she saw my post about meeting Allen: That is so cool. (MEANING HOW I MET ALLEN ON THE FLIGHT FROM VANCOUVER TO KAMLOOPS) That boy really moves around. I think we're due for a show in Kamloops with Allen, don't you think so? Maybe something for Jessie. If you want to organize something, I'm sure we could put the Cowgrass and Roots Show together for that. We could raise some money.



Now . . . I have no idea how to organize a country music event. But I was hoping someone can help me. Maybe suggest a type of setting; a venue; and anything else I will need to do to host an event like this!



As you can see, there are still a lot of people who want to help us do whatever they can to find Jessie.


So, to my family, friends and Jessie supporters, I want to thank you all, again, for your continued love, support and prayers for Jessie and all of us. And without offending anyone (you all know I celebrate Christmas and that was the last day I ever say Jessie in person) I want to wish you all a VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS and a HAPPY NEW YEAR.

Sincerely and with love, not just Jessie’s, but also Crystal, Katie & Jennee’s mom and Maddison, Jacobus & Ilianna’s grandma, Glendene.


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Re: A big thank you from Jessie´s mom Glendene

Post by Pedro Silva on Thu Dec 30, 2010 8:23 am

My friends, I received today a request from Jessie´s mother Glendene:

Letter I sent to HLN: PrimeTime News; Nancy Grace & Jane Velez-Mitchell's Issues‏
Another woman is now missing in Las Vegas

My daughter Jessie Foster is an international endangered missing woman whose case has been identified as a classic case of human trafficking – of modern-day sex slavery. Jessie has been missing from the Las Vegas area since March 29th, 2006 when she was just 21 years old – her 27th birthday is on May 27th, 2011.
Jessie’s case has received a fair bit of media attention, but by no means has got the attention it deserves, considering the implications that come with being the victim of human trafficking – of having been beaten and forced to work for an escort agency – of having been arrested, charged and convicted of solicitation of prostitution – and of being kidnapped and taken away somewhere.
Jessie is either still being forced into prostitution or she has been murdered, I don’t know what has happened to her. But what I do know is that Jessie NEEDS to be found either way.

There have been many women who have gone missing in Sin City. Too many, just like everywhere, but in Las Vegas there is a sigma put on some of them who are ‘known’ to have been a prostitute. No one bothers to check the facts to see if any of these women were forced into it, they just figure that they were living a ‘high-risk lifestyle’, so no wonder something bad happened to them.
Three women in particular, besides Jessie, who have gone missing since 2003 are Misty Marie Saens, Jodi Marie Brewer and Lindsay Marie Harris. All four women have arrest records for prostitution, all four women went missing from the Las Vegas area.
Misty, Jodi and Lindsay were found between several weeks and several years later – all were deceased and all were found along a deserted highway in garbage bags in Nevada (Saens), California (Brewer) and Illinois (Harris). When they were found, it was just their torsos and/or legs – no heads and no arms (meaning no dental records or fingerprints could be used to identify these women). Jessie has never been found.
Misty, Jodi and Lindsay were all last seen outside their homes, making them possible victims of a truck driver serial killer. Jessie was last seen in her home and all her belongings went missing when she disappeared, making the truck driver scenario not very likely.
MISTY MARIE SAENS – missing since March 2003 from Las Vegas, Nevada. The name of the dismembered woman found along a deserted Nevada highway in the Las Vegas Valley was unknown for two years, when she was finally identified as Misty in 2005. UNSOLVED
JODI MARIE BREWER – missing since August 14, 2003 from Las Vegas, Nevada. The name of the dismembered woman found along a highway in San Bernardino, California was unknown for three weeks, when she was identified as Jodi through her tattoos; a hummingbird above her left breast and the letter “M” on her lower back. UNSOLVED
LINDSAY MARIE HARRIS – missing since May 5, 2005 from Las Vegas, Nevada. The name of the woman whose severed legs were found off a highway in Springfield, Illinois on May 23, 2005 was unknown until May 2008 when Jane Doe was identified as Lindsay through a tattoo on her thigh. UNSOLVED
JESSICA “JESSIE” EDITH LOUISE FOSTER – missing since March 29, 2006 from Las Vegas, Nevada. STILL MISSING

Oh, don’t get me wrong, there are many more – but for this writing, I am only mentioning these women.
Now, there is a very distinct difference in Jessie’s case (besides the obvious – she has not been found, alive or dead) and that is the details of her disappearance. First off, Misty, Jodi and Lindsay all went missing from outside their homes. All their belongings were still in their homes as they were left – as if the women would be home later. We reported Jessie missing and that she was last heard from while at her home and almost all of her belongings went missing with her.
NOTE: Jessie was planning on returning to Canada to attend a family wedding reception and her things were packed. The only things of Jessie’s that were still in the house were her hair-dryer and her make-up, two things that Jessie would never leave behind on purpose.
We know she was already packed, it was one of the things she told her sister during the last time we ever heard from her. We also know that women will pack their belongings the night before, leaving their hair products and make-up out so they can use them in the morning . . . the usual scenario would be to get up; take a shower; do their hair & make-up; pack their hair products & make-up; and then leave.

Now there has been another Las Vegas missing woman in the news in the past week or so, Debbie Flores Narvaez. Debbie is a dancer who just recently earned the spot of solo dancer the Luxor Hotel and Casino’s show, FANTASY, beating out over a hundred other women who auditioned for this exclusive spot (the Luxor is the same hotel that Lindsay was ‘apparently’ heading to when she was last heard from in May 2005). It is certainly not very likely that Debbie chose to leave – so obviously that means something has happened to her.
I am proud of the HLN shows (PrimeTime News, Nancy Grace and Jane Velez-Mitchell’s Issues) that are always airing stories about the war on women and about the missing, and Debbie’s case is no different. If not for you, there would be practically no news coverage for some of the missing and that just adds to the tragedy. I know for a fact the Nancy Grace show has helped find a missing 12-year-old girl and her abductor just recently – I can only imagine how wonderful it must have felt when you first heard this fantastic news.
One thing I have wondered about though, and I was hoping someone could clear this up for me, is why more stories about human trafficking have not been done on your station (since it is the third largest illegal money making activity in the world, next to drugs and guns – and growing), and why you have never aired a segment on Jessie’s disappearance or even put up her poster? It is not as if I have not asked.
My first email to the Nancy Grace show was back when Jessie first went missing – April 16, 2006 – the same day I emailed several shows, including the Montel Williams show. Montel had me on his show in April of 2007 and his producer and crew were at my home in British Columbia to do an update in May 2008 – but the Nancy Grace show has not even acknowledged my emails (other than the one that is automatically sent).
And twice ISSUES has had me waiting, but without even as much as a call to say never mind – they never called back. I am just glad that I do not expect anything; I just appreciate everything that anyone can to do help. So, in other words – oh well!!
We were all told that Debbie, this beautiful, talented woman, gave up her career to follow her dream and she has now been missing for over a week, with not a clue as to what happened to her. Well, I shouldn’t say there is not a clue – the police do have their ideas as to what happened, even if the family doesn’t.
We need to let people know that past the beautiful lights and fun-loving times that can be had in Las Vegas is something sinister. After all, its nickname is SIN CITY. Does that not say something right off the top? Does that not bother all the law-abiding citizens of the world who go to Sin City? Because, as everyone knows, WHAT HAPPENS IN VEGAS STAYS IN VEGAS!

And now –
DEBORA “DEBBIE” FLORES NARVAEZ – missing since December 12, 2010 from Las Vegas, Nevada. STILL MISSING

PLEASE, help me get Jessie’s story out to your huge audience. I know HLN shows have huge followings, and not just on the television. You have Facebook, Twitter and your website, and they all get a lot of traffic.

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It is confirmed, I am speaking at the Alliance Against Modern Slavery in Toronto

Post by Pedro Silva on Wed Jan 12, 2011 6:40 am

My friends, I received this from Jessie´s mun Glendene:

I should be getting my flight & hotel info tomorrow - it is confirmed, I am speaking at the opening of the Alliance Against Modern Slavery - http://allianceagainstmodernslavery.org/ - FREEDOM CONCERT and INAUGURAL CONFERENCE in Toronto, Ontario on January 28th & 29th, 2011. I am very honoured to be invited to attend as a speaker and presenter and it will be nice to see some of the people I have met in my search for Jessie . . . including MP Joy Smith, author Professor Benjamin Perrin, Timea Nagy, Tamara Cherry, and it will be an honour to meet in person, some of the people I have been communicating with, like Karlee Sapoznik, Natasha Falle, Andrew Churchman and many others. And it will be a great opportunity to meet others working to combat human trafficking, just as I have been doing. It will be nice to have some new contacts, but more than that, it means many, many others will be learning about my missing daughter, JESSIE FOSTER's human trafficking case, and it also means more media attention.


Alliance Against Modern Slavery FREEDOM CONCERT:
Friday, January 28th, 2011 - 7pm
FREEDOM CONCERT information - http://www.allianceagainstmodernslavery.org/?q=freedomconcert

Tickets are now available for our benefit concert at https://secure1.tixhub.com/yorku/procurement, featuring Glendene Grant; Timea Eva Nagy; Natasha Falle; Kevin Bales; Actress Singer Song Writer Kate Todd; Guitar Player Jeff Gunn; Artist Janelle Belgrave; Samba Elegua Drummers; an Anti-Slavery Art Auction; and much more.


Alliance Against Modern Slavery INAUGURAL CONFERENCE:
Saturday, January 29th, 2011 - 9:00am - 5:30pm
INAUGURAL CONFERENCE registration - http://www.allianceagainstmodernslavery.org/?q=conference1

*Session 3 (the session I am scheduled for): 11:30am - 1:00pm

Canadian Front Line Activists, Fair Trade Advocates, Journalists, Film Makers and Survivors: Glendene Grant, Mother of Missing Human Trafficking Victim Jessie Foster; Brittany Luby, Indigenous Student Life, “Trafficking of First Nations Women.” [5 min. video]; Timea Nagy, Sex Trafficking Survivor and Founder of Walk With Me; Tamara Cherry, (CTV) “The role of the media” [Waiting final confirmation from CTV]; Azra Rashid, Forced Marriage Film Maker; Michael Sacco, Chocosol

Moderators: Jeff Gunn and Mekhala Guranaratne

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Re: A big thank you from Jessie´s mom Glendene

Post by Pedro Silva on Tue Jan 25, 2011 8:23 pm

My friends, I received an update from Jessie´s mum Glendene:

What a great week this will be for getting Jessie’s case out to more people who have not heard of her before and to educate more people about the horrific crime of human trafficking.

I have been invited to be on HLN (sister station to CNN) on Wednesday, January 26th, 2011, 7pm Eastern Time / 4pm Pacific Time for ISSUES with Jane Velez-Mitchell (CHECK YOUR LOCAL LISTINGS). HLN has a huge audience and I am so happy to know that there will be millions of people watching the show that day.

As many of you know, I was invited to the official launch of the Alliance Against Modern Slavery. They are holding a benefit concert and inaugural conference. Well, the time is here – I am attaching the program and speaker bios, including mine and Jessie’s.

I leave on Thursday, January 27th in the afternoon, for Toronto, Ontario. Then on Friday, January 28th I will be presenting at the Freedom Concert (Tickets $19.00 each, $14.00 students), which is being held from 7:00pm to 10:00pm. Box office info.

And on Saturday, January 29th I will be speaking at the Inaugural Conference, which is being held from 9:00am to 5:30pm.

What an honour it was to be invited and now that is it here, I am feeling that the importance of being there is so great, I just can’t wait.

As we get closer and closer to the 5 year mark since Jessie went missing – I want to thank you all again for your continued support. It means so much to me and my family and I know it means a lot to Jessie. I am so grateful to everyone. Sincerely, Jessie’s mom Glendene.

http://www.jessiefoster.ca/

After emailing the Nancy Grace show since less than 3 weeks after Jessie disappeared (see below), and not giving up . . . I just kept sending messages, but never heard from them. And then when I heard about her new show, Find 50 People in 50 Days I knew this was it. This was the time that Jessie’s case would get on Nancy Grace. AND I WAS RIGHT.

Jessie’s case was chosen to be on The Nancy Grace Show, Find 50 People in 50 Days. A producer called me and told me they got my voice message I left on the weekend, and many emails about Jessie’s case and decided it was one they wanted to air. She told me that at 3pm their time (noon my time) I would be getting a call from their senior producer Phil Rosenbaum to interviewed me about Jessie.

He called and we spoke for about 45 minutes and then I sent a bunch of info and pictures to him. He said it was all great. THE SHOW IS LIKELY TO AIR ON THURSDAY. Isn’t this awesome. On Issues tomorrow and the next day on Nancy. Who knows, maybe Jessie’s case will be one of those cases they run with! Well, I can hope, right?

I do have a dilemma though – I will be flying to Toronto the day it airs. IS THERE ANYONE THAT CAN RECORD IT TO A DVD FOR ME? AND IF YOU CAN ALSO RECORD TO A DVD, THE ISSUES SHOW, TOO? I would love to have copies of these shows.

Message from Phil after the interview: Glendene, your story is heartbreaking but you tell it so beautifully. You do Jessica justice every time you speak. Best wishes, Phil.

So, remember, this is a busy week for Jessie: CNN’s sister station, HLN on Wednesday, January 26th for Issues with Jane Velez-Mitchell; on Thursday, January 27th for Nancy Grace’s show Find 50 People in 50 Days; on Friday, January 28th I am presenting at the Freedom Benefit Concert for launch of the Alliance Against Modern Slavery (A.A.M.S.); and on Saturday, January 29th I have 15 minutes during the Inaugural Conference for the A.A.M.S.

I did get a message today from the producer at Issues, she told me: We are going to focus in on the angle of a mom’s message to other moms out there, and a bit less on the human sex trafficking. It’s a better way of engaging our audience to pay attention and possibly help with any info or sightings. There is no “need” to make you and her the poster people for sex trafficking. Our purpose is to try to help our guests….and our viewers. So let’s see what we can do. So, it looks like I have to be careful about what I say and (for now) not mention that she is the victim of human trafficking. I will be careful that it does not accidently slip out while I am talking!

Thank you all for your messages. I appreciate them all. Sincerely, not just Jessie’s, but also Crystal, Katie & Jennee’s mom and Maddie, JJ & Ili’s grandma, Glendene.

PS: I mentioned that tickets for the concert on Friday were $19.00, but I never mentioned that the conference on Saturday were FREE. So, if you are in the Toronto area, please click on the link down near the bottom of this email to register and we will see you there.

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Re: A big thank you from Jessie´s mom Glendene

Post by Pedro Silva on Sat Feb 05, 2011 7:51 pm

My friends, an update from Jessie´s mum Glendene:

Well, January is already past, and we are now into February, meaning that next month – on March 29, 2011 – it will be 5 years since Jessie disappeared. FIVE YEARS! Can anyone believe it? I know I certainly have a hard time even imagining it has been half a decade. HALF A DECADE! Wow – it is amazing that life can just fly by with something like the disappearance of a loved one looming over everything. No matter what happens, good or bad – we have to remember to tell Jessie about it. I say that, because I believe she is coming home one day. I also know that if she is not alive, she already knows.

There are many things that I am grateful for, even while living anyone's worst nightmare. I am grateful to have Jim in my life – he is my strength and he is always there for me. I am grateful my other daughters – if not for them, I don't know what I would do. I am grateful for my grandchildren. They are the light of my light, and they just mean so much to me. I am grateful to all the rest of my family – my elderly dad, my siblings, my aunts & uncles, my nephews & nieces and cousins – there are so many and they are always there for me. And for all my friends and Jessie supporters. You all keep me going. I will never give up, not with the support system I have. I love my family and friends so much.

Jessie's case has never left the news. Year-after-year there are more and more reporters and news shows who are interested in writing or airing it on through their media. Last year was a huge year, not just for Jessie's case, but also for human trafficking taking its rightful place in the top of the news, so people know this is happening in this day-and-age and it is happening here. To our daughters, our sisters, our friends. Jessie's case, already known as an international human trafficking case, she is Canada's most well-known case of human trafficking and becoming the same in the USA and around the world. HUMAN TRAFFICKING IS NOT A 3rd WORLD COUNTRY ISSUE ANY MORE – nor is it just an episode on a crime TV show.

This year is looking to be no different . . . well, actually it will be. It will be even busier, if January was any indication of what is to come.

On Tuesday, February 1, 2011, Jessie's case aired on ISSUES with Jane Velez-Mitchell, on HLN, the sister station of CNN. Here is the message I got from the producer with link to the segment:
We will continue to follow your story Glendene and hope you’ll come back on the air with us . . . whatever the circumstance. Jane meant it when she said she wouldn’t let this go! Emily. http://www.cnn.com/video/data/2.0/video/bestoftv/2011/02/02/jvm.jessie.foster.hln.html.

On Thursday, January 27, 2011, Jessie was one of the missing shown on Nancy Grace FIND 50 PEOPLE IN 50 DAYS series. Here is the message I got from the senior producer with the link to the segment:
Hi, Glendene – Hope Toronto was good. Please find below a link to the story that aired about Jessica. Many thanks and wishing you the best - thank you for your kindness, Phil. http://cnn.com/video/?/video/crime/2011/01/28/ng.america.missing.friday.hln.

The launch of the ALLIANCE AGAINST MODERN SLAVERY in Toronto on Friday, January 28 and Saturday, January 29, went well. I was able to speak about Jessie's disappearance and human trafficking – and all that I have been doing to educate others about this horrific crime on Friday night at the Freedom Benefit Concert and Saturday at the Inaugural Conference, along with several other people who are highly educated and extremely active in combating human trafficking. This is the link to the AAMS website: http://www.allianceagainstmodernslavery.org/.

I have a video of my speech on Facebook, it is 17 minutes long and that is 2 minutes longer than YouTube allows, so I have to figure out how to post it somewhere else. But for those of you on Facebook, this is the link: http://www.facebook.com/video/video.php?v=1471048389883.

Just a quick note about something that happened at the Kamloops airport on my way to Toronto for the AAMS launch:
I was at the Kamloops airport on Thursday to catch my flight to Calgary, then on to Toronto. I asked a young women in the line-up if this was the flight to Calgary and she said yes. I stood behind her and she turned around and looked at my Jessie button and said, “I like your button”. I said, “Thank you – that is my daughter Jessie – she is missing and the victim of human trafficking.

She asked me how I knew and I told her that “we don't have PROOF, if that is what you mean.” Then I told her a condensed version of Jessie's story. How she as lured . . . etc. I also told her that several human trafficking experts in Canada and the USA believe Jessie's case was a CLASSIC case of modern-day sex slavery.

She asked if I had another button, but I didn't – however I had posters. I told her I would get her out a poster on the plane, but she said CAN I HAVE ONE NOW? I got her out a poster and wrote the website on it, since I had forgot to add it before printing, and gave it to her.

I asked her name and she said Alicia. And she said she was RUNNING AWAY. I asked her how old she was and she said 23. She said she can't decide if she wants to get on the plane or not. I told her I was going to Toronto and I would be seeing Jessie's stepsister Alisha. Then she looked as Jessie's poster and she started to cry.

The she looked me deep in my eyes and asked me if she should go to Calgary or back to 100 Mile (House, BC – pop. 2,000 – located along Highway 16 . . . otherwise known as THE HIGHWAY OF TEARS. I said DON'T LEAVE.

She asked me how to get her luggage off the plane and I told her to go to an agent. She hugged me, crying, and I told her to go home and tell all her friends about Jessie Foster and to educate themselves (or call me) on human trafficking. With awareness none of you will ever end up in the position Jessie is in!

While I was in the line-up I heard an announcement to have someone's luggage removed from the plane. I smiled. I feel deep in my heart I truly helped her. Maybe even saved her. Remember – Calgary is where Jessie met the trafficker that lured her away. Now I know why I had to be at the Kamloops airport on Thursday afternoon, January 27, 2011. To save beautiful Alicia.

NOTE: She had my email address from the poster and she messaged me right away.

On Wednesday, January 26, the day before I went to Toronto, I got a call from Tara, a news reporter at Radio NL here in Kamloops, who interviewed me about my upcoming trip to Toronto. She told me to call her back when I returned, but it has been so hectic, that I have not yet. But I will be calling her soon to tell her how it went.
Radio NL website: http://www.radionl.com/.

While I was in Toronto on the weekend, I got a call from the MIKE SMYTH SHOW – CKNW Radio in Vancouver, about an interview. I thought it funny that I am from Kamloops, BC, the show is from Vancouver, BC and they tracked me down in Toronto, ON. We did the interview from my hotel room on Friday, January 28 at 4:00pm, before I had to leave for the concert. I ended up getting an email from a teacher in Coquitlam, BC, who heard the interview, asking me if I would please go to his school with my human trafficking education presentation. You can listen to the interview here: http://www.corusradio.com/Shared/AudioVault/CKNWAMaudioVault.asp?VaultDate=20110128&VaultTime=13&mysubmit=Listen.

I was also interviewed on Monday, February 1, on the NEWSLINE at NOON with JIM SMALLEY – 620 AM CKRM Radio in Saskatchewan. It was an open mike interview and there were 2 callers.

- The first was a woman who had been lured then forced into prostitution for many years and she was able to get away. She wanted to tell me that girls DO get out and to NEVER give up hope or stop searching. I TOLD HER I WOULDN'T.

- The second was a man whose daughter who was also forced into prostitution. She was taken to Florida and lost contact with her family for a long time. She was able to finally contact her parents, and they were able to get some money down to here with the message, "don't look back, just leave everything there and get to the airport, NOW". She did and she got away. She is still not able to talk about what happened, even years later. HE ALSO WANTED TO TELL ME TO NEVER GIVE UP.

Link to CKRM radio: http://www.620ckrm.com/index.php.
Newsline at Noon (Monday to Friday) with Jim Smalley link: http://www.620ckrm.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=2404&Itemid=164 (podcast to be added).

I have another interview booked between 3:00 P.M. & 4:00 P.M., on Monday, February 7, on the VINNY EASTWOOD SHOW. This is the message I got from Vinny:
This is Vinny Eastwood. I want to give respectable activist and researchers like yourself coverage on an international level on my radio how which goes out on 25 AM/FM stations worldwide http://www.americanfreedomradio.com/listen_live.html. To help wake people up to the truth of the international ins & outs of the NWO system using a little bit of humor! I’ve been doing this for years when no one else in New Zealand will bother to try create any credible media. I’m trying to serve my country, community and species by giving amplification to those voices who are censored from our media in all spectrums of discourse. If you’re interested to donate some of your valuable time we’ll schedule you to come on the show this week. Cheers! Vinny Eastwood.
Talk Show Host: www.thevinnyeastwoodshow.com.

And I am also booked for a radio interview with Bring Them Home on Wednesday, February 9, at 7:50 P.M. EST / 4:50 P.M. Pacific Time (my time). There will be an open mike for people to call in if they have a question or comment. This is their official website: http://www.bringthemhome.net/ and you can listen live to the show here: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/bringthemhomenow.

I am the second guest on the show, following Stephen Watkins, searching for his 2 sons, Alexander and Christopher, taken from Canada on cancelled passports, on March 6, 2009 to somewhere in Europe by their non-custodial mother in a tragic case of international parental kidnapping. Stephen has been looking for his sons ever since.
Official website for the missing Watkins brothers: http://www.missing-children-child-abductions-kids-abducted.com/.

I got the following message about contributing a short chapter to a book. They will need it within a month. It sounds like it will be a challenge, but I am always up to a challenge:
I am founder and director of the Motherhood Initiative for Research and Community Involvement and Demeter Press. I am editing, on behalf of Demeter Press, a large volume on the 21st Motherhood Movement; more than 80 organizations are in the book. The book will be published in May. I would love you to contribute a short chapter on your new organization M.A.T.H. The chapter is to provide a brief introduction, context (why was your group founded; what need does it address) history, mandate, activities, challenges and relation to the larger motherhood movement). Unfortunately, we are working against a looming deadline as book goes into production this week and must be at printers by mid-March so would need your chapter no later than early March.
Link to MIRCI: http://www.motherhoodinitiative.org/.
Link to Demeter Press: http://www.demeterpress.org/.

I was invited and I have joined the Board of Advisors for the Frederick Douglas Family Foundation – http://www.fdff.org. There are several goals, including going into schools to educate our youth about the horrific crime of human trafficking: I want to welcome our new Board of Advisors members and thank them for supporting the efforts of the Frederick Douglass Family Foundation. We’re entering into an exciting period of growth and we hope that the expanded Board of Advisors is the initial step to building a solid infrastructure for the foundation. Let me tell you briefly about the members: http://myemail.constantcontact.com/Meet-our-Board-of-Advisors.html?soid=1102241208902&aid=Gr3DCHr3N6Y#fblike.

Something else that started up today, Thursday, February 3 we finally got a message from Yvonne “Angel” Hubrechtsen – after nearly 5 years. She posted in the guestbook – http://users2.smartgb.com/g/g.php?a=s&i=g20-03861-b1&m=all&p=1 – of the Official Website for Missing JESSIE FOSTER – http://www.jessiefoster.ca website. She told me she was suing me for slander . . . blah, blah, blah. And then someone claiming to be her 'sister' messaged with some outrageous claims (completely slandering us) and then another 'sister' with more slander. Their claims were hurtful to one of the kindest people we have ever known . . . Jessie's stepdad. And to all of us. Including claims that Jessie was in Las Vegas, prostituting and supporting all of us back here in Canada. And including claims that Jessie took pills (which was one of the only things they said that resembled the truth . . . when Jessie was living in Calgary she was struck by a car while walking to school . . . this caused her a lot of pain, for which her doctor prescribed her pain medication).

HOWEVER, since what they said was completely untrue, and obviously without proof – it has been decided to leave the comments up – for all to see how we have been treated by those 'likely' involved in Jessie's case on one level or another. And we also want to track where these comments are being made from, via their IP addresses.

After all this time of me wanting to talk to Yvonne, I did post several comments . . . I just have so much to say to her . . . to all of them.

One good thing, we do know where they were located when they posted:
Message 584, Missouri / Message 588, California / Message 593, California / Message 595, Tennessee / Message 598, Tennessee.

NOTE: The latest of many arrests for Yvonne Hubrechtsen – this one is from January 22, 2011:
- Charges: DUI-liquor and or drugs / Under the influence of a controlled substance.
Link to arrest report: http://www.jailbase.com/en/arrested/nv-ccdc/2011-01-22/yvonne-j-hubrechtsen-01938912.

So, it seems as if we have another busy year ahead of us, everyone wants to know about Jessie Foster – and I am ready to continue doing what I have been doing to tell them about her and to educate them on human trafficking.

Now, if only we could find Jessie in 2011 and make it the year to remember. Thank you all for your continued love, prayers and support in the search for Jessie. Sincerely, not just Jessie's, but also Crystal, Katie and Jennee's mom and ML, JJ & IJ's grandma, Glendene.

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Re: A big thank you from Jessie´s mom Glendene

Post by Pedro Silva on Fri Mar 11, 2011 9:21 pm

My friends, an update by Jessie´s mum Glendene:

With the 5 year mark since my daughter Jessie Foster went missing coming up so fast, I thought I would message everyone and tell you all, again, but I can never say it enough – THANK YOU ALL FOR YOUR LONG-TIME, UNDYING SUPPORT FOR JESSIE. THE LOVE YOU ALL HAVE, ALL YOUR PRAYERS AND EVERYTHING ELSE:

*Fundraisers such as dinners/dances/raffles, and more.

*Plane and bus tickets to help me get to different events across Canada.

*Donations to ensure I got to the events I have been invited to, when there was no other way for me to be able to go.

*Shaw Media donating 4 months worth of services, and even upgrading my phone service to include international long distance calls.

*Gift cards to stores all over town.

*Groceries left outside my front door.

It has happened so many times, and I am sure will continue to happen in the future, when I need you, you will be there.

If I needed it, you all came up with it – you are all so generous, and for that, I am eternally grateful.

And of course, this does not include all the wonderful media people who have helped me get and keep Jessie's case in the news. If not for that, no one would know who JESSIE FOSTER is.

Or all the different investigators and bounty hunters who have offered their services free of charge, and have looked into Jessie's case, but sadly, even with all this help as of yet, we have not found my girl.

And all the missing person's organizations: forums, blogs, and all the social networking sites I have Jessie on. Jessie is one of the most well-known missing people on the internet, and definitely one of the most loved. I have shared Jessie with the world, she is everyone's daughter, everyone's granddaughter, everyone's niece, everyone's sister and everyone's friend. Everyone knows someone like Jessie, and they all love her very much.

One thing I always hate to do is to come to the end of something I have written, for the fear I have of knowing there will be someone that I have missed. But with so many friends and loved ones who have come into my life in the past five years, I am sure you all understand.

Bless you all, sincerely – not just Jessie's, but also Crystal, Katie & Jennee's mom; Maddie, JJ & Ili's grandma; Jim & Verona (RIP mom) Grant's daughter; Jimbo, Barb, Gordie, Irwin, Sharon (RIP sis) & Donna's sister; my loving Jim's wife-of-his-life and friend to many, especially my best-friend Brenda & her hubby Derwyn (they are just always, always there for me) . . . Glendene Grant.


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March 10, 2011 by Glendene Grant.

Well, I said it before and I will say it again: I sure have another busy year this year, the 5th year of Jessie missing the other.

Beginning in 2009 the way others thought about human trafficking started to change.

Then in 2010 things really changed. Human trafficking was in the news everyday – laws were changing, there were mandatory minimum sentencing of convicted human traffickers.

But what was really huge, was the way so many people's way of thinking about Jessie's case changed.

We have always had our long-time Jessie supporters. People who have believed since the beginning that something sinister happened to Jessie. They, like me, believe that Jessie was kidnapped and taken away against her will, and was forced to work in the sex-trade industry. They, too, have always believed she is the victim of human trafficking.

When Jessie first went missing and I told everyone who would listen that Jessie was the victim of human trafficking. I still remember some people looking at me as if they felt so bad for this poor mother with the missing daughter – “the mother who is grasping for straws in every direction possible”.

Many, obviously, thought that I was a little nuts talking about human trafficking as if it happened right here in our backyard. They felt that without answers to what happened to Jessie, I was just making up whatever I wanted.

Then right here in Canada we started hearing about human trafficking survivors, like Timea Nagy; human trafficking experts, like Professor Benjamin Perrin; human trafficking advocates, like MP Joy Smith; and human trafficking activists, like me.

Pretty soon there were 5 books in publication with Jessie's case included; there were documentaries with Jessie's case included; and so much more.

And now there is the chapter that I was asked to write which will be included in a book that will be published in May 2011. The book is on the 21st Motherhood Movement which will include more than 80 organizations, one of which is M.A.T.H. Mothers Against Trafficking Humans, founded in 2009.

As a result of what I sent, I was asked to expand it somewhat, so I did and it went from about 9 pages to 14 pages typed out, including pictures. Then I was invited to be a keynote speaker at their event in May which will include the launching of this book.

There has been TV interviews; radio interviews; newspaper interviews; internet TV & radio interviews; even an interview for an article for a UBC student's thesis for her journalism studies; and more.

Before I knew it, I was being invited to events from Vancouver, BC to Toronto, Ontario and back again. I was being asked to be a guest speaker; to be a keynote speaker; to hold a workshop and everyone wants to see my human trafficking presentation video and hear about Jessie's case.

There are schools across BC and now into Alberta who have invited me to come educate their students about human trafficking and how to hopefully not be a victim like Jessie is.

Because most of the invitations to speak or be a special guest at these events has mostly been happening for 2010 & 2011, so I am posting most of what I have done since the beginning of last year.

I apologize in advance if I have missed an interview or event in the following list, but with so much having happened and still happening, I am sure I might have forgotten to list something here.


2010
February:
14th – Vancouver: guest speaker for the 19th Annual Women's Memorial March

March:
8th – Radio NL interview with Hayley Cooper about Walk-With-Me award ceremony and going to Canada AM in Vancouver on the 29th.
10th – Helping Heroes BlogTalk Radio interview with Michelle Bart.
16th – Rabble.ca interview with Cathryn Atkinson (formerly with the Globe & Mail newspaper).
19th – Meet Jeremy Deutsch from Kamloops This Week at the RCMP city detachment for photos with Mark from Crime Stoppers for newspaper article series he is writing.
22nd – Sandy Heimlick-Hall from CFJC TV/Radio - radio interview regarding Walk-With-Me award ceremony coming up.
24th – Additional pictures with KTW at home.
24th – Edmonton Sun newspaper interview with Andrew Hanon.
25th – Radio NL interview with Paul regarding Walk-With-Me ceremony and raffle draw for painting done my Janice Baltzer.
25th – First of 4-part series in KTW by Jeremy D.
29th – Vancouver: CTV's Canada AM interview about Jessie's 4th year missing.

April:
6th – South Sa-Hali Secondary School: Anti-Hate Week human trafficking presentation (with Mark Price).
15th – Toronto: Walk-With-Me “Glendene & Jessie Foster Award Ceremony”.
18th – Sam Watkins LIVE BlogTalk Radio interview.
20th – Radio NL: interview with Hayley Cooper.
21st – Jeremy from KTW, another interview.
21st – Jim from NBC's Disappeared TV show called (but because of Det. Molnar, they ended up declining to do an episode on Jessie's case).

May:
8th – Kelowna: met with Denise Allan from England for memorial service.
27th – Jessie's 26th birthday.

June:
8th – Valleyview Secondary School: human trafficking presentation 1st Grade 11 Social Studies class (with Mark Price & Deb Noel).
10th - Valleyview Secondary School: human trafficking presentation 2nd Grade 11 Social Studies class (with Mark Price & Deb Noel).
14th – Same Watkins LIVE BlogTalk Radio interview.
20th – Hosted Walk4Justice pizza dinner at my place – 10 pizza's donated by Dominos Pizza, Kamloops.
22nd – Hosted the Walk4Justice rally before leaving Kamloops for the 2010 walk. Met with Radio NL: Hayley Cooper and KTW: Jeremy Deutsch.

July:
10th – Jessie Foster DINE 'N' DANCE: hosted by Aaron Leman, 44 pizzas donated by Dominos Pizzas.
22nd – Chilliwack: Family Retreat at Lillie/Shari's place by the river.
28th - (did not attend, but helped arrange) The Walk4Justice BBQ in Winnipeg, hosted by MP Joy Smith.

August:
4th – ASK meeting with Megan to talk about CASEY and her coming with me to my presentation at the Lower Nicola Indian Band.
18th – Lower Nicola Indian Band: human trafficking presentation to youth group (ages 6 to 18).

September:
16th – Meeting with MP Cathy McLeod (her request).
19th – Saskatchewan: Mike on Crime radio interview with Mike McIntyre.
20th – HLN's Joy Behar: Dori called me about being a guest on the show.
21st – Dori called back and told me they were not going to be doing an interview with me.
23rd – Trafficked with Dottie Laster: radio show interview.
23rd – The Gloria Helman Show: radio interview.
24th – Kelowna, Astral Media: The Jessica Samuels radio show interview.
27th – Sam Watkins LIVE BlogTalk Radio interview – last show before shutting down.

October:
18th – Vancouver: Professor Benjamin Perrin's book launch for INVISIBLE CHAINS: Canada's Underground World of Human Trafficking.
21st – Trafficked with Dottie Laster radio show interview.
23rd – Edmonton: CTV's Access – Primetime TV, Danny Baldassarre interview at my hotel room, for the start of his mini-doc on Jessie’s 5th year missing.
23rd – Edmonton: Professor Benjamin Perrin's book launch and fundraiser for MLAP.
27th – Helping Heroes BlogTalk Radio interview with Michelle Bart and other guest, Dr. Dale Archer.
31st – Hippie News magazine article with Michele Close: interview.

November:
3rd – Coming from Vancouver: Alison Steenburg and David Grice from the Salvation Army – interview and video for Hope in the City HOPEGIVER video.
8th – CASEY meeting: Mac Isle Boyz & Girlz club.
25th – Vancouver: Guest of honour at the Hope in the City Luncheon, the HOPEGIVER.

December:
20th – Shaw Cable's sent producer to interview me and Mark Price for PSA about Jessie's disappeared and our human trafficking presentations. To air on Shaw Cable from Christmas Eve until the New Year.
23rd – Frederick Douglass Family Foundation invited me to be on their Board of Advisers for human trafficking education.
30th – Deanna Spingola Radio show interview.

2011
January:
24th – HLN TV show ISSUES: Jane Velez-Mitchell called me, they want to do a segment on Jessie's disappeared.
25th – HLN TV show Nancy Grace: Find 50 People in 50 Days.
26th – Radio NL interview with Kara about going to Toronto for the launch of the Alliance Against Modern Slavery.
27th – Nancy Grace show aired their pre-taped interview with me.
28th – Toronto: Met with Naomi Baker, founder of Canada Fights Human Trafficking about my becoming the Director of the CFHT Western Chapter.
28th – Mike Smyth Radio show interview: CKNW radio (from Vancouver).
28th – Toronto: presenter at the Alliance Against Modern Slavery Freedom Benefit Concert.
29th – Toronto: guest speaker and panel board member at the AAMS Inaugural Conference.
31st – Newsline radio interview with Jim Smalley.

February:
1st – Dr. Andrea O'Reilly emailed me about contributing a chapter about M.A.T.H. to her book on the 21st Motherhood Movement.
7th – Vinny Eastwood radio show interview: American Freedom Radio.
7th – Bring Them Home BlogTalk radio interview.
15th – South Kamloops Secondary School: Grade 12 Law Class human trafficking presentation (with Mark Price).
17th – ACT from Edmonton asked me to write a statement to be read at the RCMP conference for Sexual Exploitation Awareness Week.
20th – Lara Howsam from the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, drove to Kamloops to interview me for her article she is writing for her Journalism Thesis.
22nd – St. Anne's Catholic School: human trafficking presentation (with Mark Price & Deb Noel).
22nd – NorKam Secondary School: Grade 12 Law Class human trafficking presentation (with Mark Price & Deb Noel).
24th – Michele Gillen (CBS Miami) emailed me to tell me she HAS NOT FORGOTTEN ABOUT ME (referring to an interview she was going to do last year).

March:
4th – Danny Baldassarre, CTV called for an additional interview for his mini-doc.
8th – 1st St. Anne's Catholic School: Grade 12 Religion Class human trafficking presentation (with Mark Price & Deb Noel).
8th – 2nd St. Anne's Catholic School: Grade 12 Religion Class human trafficking presentation (with Mark Price & Deb Noel).
8th – Frederick Douglass Family Foundation's 1st conference call meeting (unfortunately, I was not able to attend).
12th – Langley, BC: Soroptimist International of the Langleys invited Mark Price from the Kamloops & District Crime Stoppers office and I to be on their a panel to discuss a National Action Plan as proposed by Joy Smith, MP Winnipeg.
14th – Ruth's Night – women's meeting, guest of Cheryle Forman-Sklapsky.
16th – Calgary: Henry Wise Wood Secondary School human trafficking presentation (with Mark Price).
22nd – Boston Bar, BC: Secondary School human trafficking presentation.
29th – FIVE YEARS SINCE JESSIE HAS BEEN MISSING.
31st – Ashcroft Secondary School: Grade 11 & 12 Family Studies Class human trafficking presentation (with Mark Price & Deb Noel).
31st – Ashcroft Secondary School: Grade 12 law Class human trafficking presentation (with Mark Price & Deb Noel).
31st – Ashcroft Aboriginal Education Center: human trafficking presentation assembly (with Mark Price).

April:
5th – 1st Penticton: Princess Margaret Secondary School presentation (with Mark Price).
5th – 2nd Penticton: Princess Margaret Secondary School presentation (with Mark Price).
15th & 16th – Red Deer, AB: Andrew Kooman invited me to hold a workshop at his play, SHE HAS A NAME event: Raise Their Voice: The Trafficked & Exploited.

May:
12th, 13th & 14th – Toronto: I am invited to be a keynote speaker at the International Conference for MIRCI, Motherhood Activism and book launch.
27th – JESSIE's CHAMPAGNE BIRTHDAY – 27 on the 27th.

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Post by Pedro Silva on Mon Mar 21, 2011 5:12 am

WOW! Look & listen to what Nigel Graham (from England) wrote, and Bella sung, for Jessie.
THEY ARE ALSO HELPING TO RAISE AWARENESS ABOUT THE HORRIFIC CRIME OF HUMAN TRAFFICKING.
Please share this video; share Jessie’s story; and share all the information you learn about human trafficking.
IT MAY HELP TO SAVE A LIFE ONE DAY, AND THAT LIFE MAY BE SOMEONE YOU CARE ABOUT & LOVE DEARLY – Glendene.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AbT2K6q0caI&feature=player_embedded

Jessie song lyrics written / arranged / composed.nigekeys
By Nigel Graham Washington, England on February 14, 2011
Copyright@worldwide nigel graham songs 15-01-1O
Recorded in my home recording studio to help Jessie Foster’s mam in her campaign.
LYRICS
There’s not a night
When I don’t cry
There’s not a day
When I don’t think of you
Some days it can be tough
But I know I got to be
Strong for you
...
Still got your picture
On the wall
Those memories
Will never fall
At night
I play this song
Hoping someone
Will hear me call
...
Jessie someday
We will win for you
And justice
Will be done
People will sing
These words
Until then
We will play this song
...
And when
I sing your song
I will share your story
With everyone
And then
The president will say
Let’s get Jessie Foster
Justice today
...............................
INSTRUMENTAL
...............................
Jessie someday
We will win for you
And justice
Will be done
People will sing
These words
Until then
We’re going to sing this song.
..........................
NIGEL’S MESSAGE:
Please make this world a better place and share this video with all your friends.
Together we can beat human trafficking - but first we need to share this message to show the world how bad it is.
..........................
• Calgary presentations went awesome!‏

Hi everyone.

First thing, thank you to those of you who helped ensure I got to Calgary this week, that is the only way I was able to go – so, bless your hearts. I have been asked not to acknowledge publicly a couple of people, so I will just say to you all – YOU KNOW WHO YOU ARE.

I left Kamloops at 1:48pm on a WestJet flight and when I got to Calgary, Crystal and Jessie’s dad, Dwight picked me up and took me to Crystal’s work. She still had an hour left on her shift, and it was supper time, so she cooked me up a storm. It was awesome. Then we went to her place when she got off work.

When Tracy (Crystal & Jessie’s stepmom) got off work, she came right over and we all visited for a while. It was a great visit, just the 3 of us. Jessie’s 2 moms and her older sister.

One thing that Tracy asked that night really hit home – you see, many people have asked the same thing, and over time, I have learned what I believe to be the answer. Tracy said, IT HAS BEEN 5 YEARS AND I STILL CANNOT UNDERSTAND HOW THIS HAPPENED TO JESSIE. I mean, Jessie is the strongest, smartest, sassiest young women we all know. She never took any crap from anyone. She was always in charge of herself. No one walked all over her and CERTAINLY, NO ONE EVER TOLD HER WHAT TO DO (other than her parents and teachers when she was younger). HOW DID THIS HAPPEN TO JESSIE???

I told her and Crystal that this happened to Jessie because someone whose job it was to GET HER, did their job. Jessie was all those things, and perhaps that, with her beauty, made her exactly what they wanted. She was probably just what he ordered, prior to Jessie being TAKEN to the United States in May 2005.

Within a month of being arriving in Las Vegas, Jessie was 'dating' Peter Todd, known to the police to be a violent pimp, and shortly after than she moved in with him, to his ¾ of a million dollar home. Then they got engaged.

There are several terms that are used for what happened to Jessie when she was left in Las Vegas with, but Professor Benjamin Perrin’s description of LOVE BOMBING in his book INVISIBLE CHAINS: Canada’s Underground World of Human Trafficking explains it best, and I hope he does not mind me quoting him below:

A barrage of "love bombing" by recruiters . . .
- Poverty, the desire for love, and the desire for money, in that order, are the three key vulnerabilities that permit domestic sex traffickers to recruit and control victims, according to those familiar with the techniques. Applied with practised care, the routine proves enormously successful in coercing vulnerable underage girls and women into a life of sexual exploitation.
- When traffickers encounter victims seeking love and attention, they commonly begin relationships by becoming "boyfriends" to their victims. This "falling in love" stage takes place over approximately two weeks. The girls are told they're beautiful, and they're taken to fancy restaurants and given lavish gifts. By showering a targeted girl with affection and fulfilling her material desires, the trafficker builds allegiance, eventually allowing him to manipulate her. Street gangs refer to these recruiting tactics as "love bombing." The greatest value of the targeted female on the flesh market and the more sophisticated the trafficker, the longer he can take in "grooming" her.

I knew that I wanted to talk about this conversation when I did my presentations the next day.

That night I had a good sleep, but Crystal got called back into work at 10:00pm, because the kitchen was flooding (again). The plumber had been there all day, he actually left when I was there. I am not sure what was wrong, but the problem happened again that night. She did not leave work until about 2:00am, so she did not get as much sleep as I did!

One of Crystal’s very best friends, Vanessa, moved to Calgary a couple of months ago, and she offered to come and get us in the morning and drive us to the school. I was very grateful, because it was much cheaper than a taxi all the way across the city.

When we got to Henry Wise Wood Secondary School, the teacher who arranged my presentation asked me if I would be willing to do an extra one at the end of the day – and of course I said yes. So I had a presentation in the morning, early afternoon and late afternoon. They were an hour and 20 minutes each. The first assembly had 200 students present; the second one had 250; and the third one, put together at the last minute had less than 50. But that was 500 students and their teachers in a school of 1,400. Over 1/3 of the entire school learned about Jessie Foster and got (in most cases) their first human trafficking education.

Crystal and Vanessa sat to my right and Crystal played my videos for me. And I had several of them. Mark from Crime Stoppers gave me his Fields of Mudan and there are a few others made by Crime Stoppers and the RCMP, and including the one I made and the clip from Young, Beautiful & Vanished, I had a lot of video and then I spoke before, between and after each one. It was awesome.

The reporter/cameraman from ACCESS TV’s (now affiliated with CTV) Alberta Primetime, Danny Baldassarre – who started his mini-doc of Jessie back in October of last year in Edmonton when I was there for Benjamin Perrin’s book release and a fundraiser for MLAP, also met us at the school. He wanted to include a clip of me doing a presentation in his work, and he also interviewed a few of the students – then he came to Crystal’s to interview her and finish up with me. This will be airing on March 28th or 29th – I will let you all know when I know for sure.

At the end of each of my presentations, Crystal came up to the podium and asked the audience if any of them had heard of Jessie’s case prior to the presentation. Altogether, in all 3 groups – there were about 50 or 60 who had. And that is awesome, considering they were all in elementary school when Jessie disappeared.

The teacher came up to me and told me that the teachers were so pleased with my presentation, that they are talking to the other teachers in the school and they are going to talk to the principal about bringing me back in two months to present again. I told him I would love to!

The teachers and students could not believe that theirs was the only school who took advantage of my offer to do my presentation for them AT NOT CHARGE TO THEM. They will be talking to other teachers and students in other schools. And to everyone they know. My presentation had a huge effect of many of the students and they want, very much, for others to see it.

There were many students who were upset to the point of tears, but I tried to talk to them – and as it is called “de-brief them” afterwards. I think it all helped.

There were some of the students who talked to me about wanting to do something. They wants to know how to volunteer and how to help combat human trafficking. It was wonderful.
+++

I am also inviting other sources of media, not just local – but everywhere, to contact me about doing a story on Jessie’s 5th year missing. FIVE YEARS . . . HALF A DECADE. If you think it sounds like a long time – it is, especially when you live it every minute of every day.

Thank you all for always being here for me and ESPECIALLY FOR JESSIE – you have no idea how much it all means to us. Without you, without your support, I absolutely believe that I would not be able to carry on as I do and I know FOR SURE, if I was on my own throughout this, I would never be able to do what I do to try to help others from ever finding themselves in the same situation Jessie and our family is in. It is a horrific life . . . for Jessie, and for us. But we do all we can to carry on, FOR JESSIE.

Sincerely, Jessie’s mommy, Glendene.

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Post by Pedro Silva on Fri Mar 25, 2011 5:37 am

Jessie Foster - Missing 5 Years on March 29, 2011: Facebook Event (not an actual event)‏

THIS IS FOR THOSE OF YOU WHO ARE ON FACEBOOK:
You do not need to be on my friend list to “attend” and share. If you are not on my list, please send a request to:
1) MissingJessie Foster – http://www.facebook.com/MissingJessieFoster
2) Glendene Grant – http://www.facebook.com/glendenegrant

Jessie Foster - Missing 5 Years on March 29, 2011 - http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=214530575228682

NOTE: everyone, no need to say NOT ATTENDING - there is no actual event to go to. This is an AWARENESS EVENT. Thank you all.

LET'S KEEP THIS GOING UNTIL JESSIE'S BIRTHDAY ON MAY 27th, 2011.

My daughter, Jessie Foster - is an international endangered missing woman and the victim of human trafficking. Jessie was taken (lured / recruited - you choose the word) to the USA in May of 2005 and 10 months later she went missing.

HELP SPREAD THE WORD ABOUT JESSIE'S DISAPPEARANCE AND REMEMBER JESSIE ON MARCH 29, 2011 - FIVE YEARS AFTER SHE WENT MISSING.

Jessie's CHAMPAGNE birthday is this year. She will be 27 on May 27th. WE HAVE NOT SEEN OR HEARD FROM JESSIE SINCE SHE WAS 21 YEARS OLD.

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Post by Pedro Silva on Fri Mar 25, 2011 8:12 pm

My friends, an update, request, from Jessie´s mum Glendene:

"MISSING" Telco Productions TV show - video of Jessie's segment‏
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I got my DVD copy of the "MISSING" television show in the postal mail today and I uploaded the Introduction (part 1) and Jessie Foster (part 2) on YouTube, available on my Jessie Foster Blog: http://jessiefoster.blogspot.com/2011/03/missing-tv-show.html. PLEASE CHECK IT OUT and SHARE WITH OTHERS.

MESSAGE I RECEIVED FROM LARRY DUNN, TELCO PRODUCTIONS, INC - MISSING TV SHOW on DECEMBER 17, 2010:

To Glendene, we will feature a segment on Jessie Foster in episode M-633 of "MISSING", scheduled for the broadcast week of January 10, 2011 (will air the following weekend in most areas). Thank you for your patience, and for bringing Jessie’s case to our attention. Kind regards, Larry Dunn, Telco Productions, Inc.

"MISSING" is a nationally-syndicated weekly television series featuring actual cases of missing persons, both children and adults, from across North America. Working with local, state and federal law enforcement agencies, including the FBI, and missing persons organizations such as The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, our goal is to provide viewers with vital facts about missing individuals and to increase public awareness.

The official website of Telco Productions missing persons television series (http://www.usamissing.com/).




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