02 Aug María Biela (MAGDALA CANADA)
The aim of MAGDALA CANADA is to provide support and hope to African Women who are at high risk of becoming sexually trafficked and enslaved, and an opportunity for Small Businesses BC to incorporate and unite together for a social justice cause.
Over the years while working in Immigration Centres and Refugee Detention sites at many borders across Europe, Maria heard many testimonies of women trapped in sex slavery. Many women confide with her about the horrors they had been through and made Maria question why sex slavery is still rampant in our day and age.
Seeing the cruelty and hardship these women are going through is the main reason why Maria changed the focus of her life, migrated to Canada, and developed Magdala Canada as a platform to advocate for these women, laying the foundation for restoring their dignity, achieving their freedom.