Miss World Canada 2012 Tara Teng was nominated by a local human trafficking victim for the 2013 Me-to-We Social Action Award for her work to end human trafficking, violence against women and child exploitation.
Teng said if she wins the $5,000 prize she will dedicate the funds towards an organization that supports victims of sexual exploitation in Canada. Teng is asking Langley residents to vote for her daily until June 1.
“27 million people in slavery isn’t just a cause, its a global crisis,” said Teng.
Teng said she didn’t know that a local girl who she had been working with who had been trafficked nominated her.
“It makes this all extra special because this young woman’s courage, after all that she has been through, is such a inspiration to me. It means a lot to be nominated for this award by her,” said Teng.
Me to We Awards believes those making a difference in communities, at home and abroad are the real celebrities and these awards are their chance to shine those leaders. Me-to-We is a branch of Free the Children, an organization that was originally started to stop child slavery.
Langley residents can vote for Teng by going to http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/p/metowe.html.