Letter to Gordon Campbell: re Trafficking at London Olympics

His Excellency Gordon Campbell
High Commissioner for Canada
Macdonald House
1 Grosvenor Square
London W1K 4AB

Dear High Commissioner,

As Your Excellency well knows, London, an already major tourist destination, will welcome even more visitors during the summer of 2012. The Olympic Games will attract people from every country on the planet, including Canada.

While we sincerely hope that this event will be a wonderful success, many people are seriously concerned with the issue of human trafficking. Indeed, the British Government, NGO’s and the Church have voiced their apprehensions relative to a possible increase in human trafficking coinciding with the 2012 London Olympics.I have already acknowledged their efforts and thank them for the initiatives they have taken to curb this modern form of slavery.

Your Excellency, I am aware of your interest in the Games and your dedication to the cause. Because of your commitment to The Olympic Movement, the Canadian Olympic Committee awarded you the Canadian Olympic Order, for which I congratulate you. The description of the Olympic Movement states: “Olympism is a way of life based on respect for human dignity and fundamental universal ethical principles.”

I urge Your Excellency to use your position to promote the very principles of The Olympic Movement in order for the 2012 Games be a joyful event, where the dignity of every person is recognized and respected.
Thank you for your attention to this matter. I wish you and the citizens of London and their guests, all the best during the 2012 Summer Olympic Games.

Yours sincerely,

Monica Lambton