Author / journalist Victor Malarek to headline SMU Criminology panel

The Department of Criminology is diving into the fall season with its 2019 Speakers Series, titled
“BUYER BEWARE: Exposing the culture of tolerance surrounding the marketplace of commercial sexual exploitation”.

Headlining the September 14 panel discussion at Saint Mary’s is Victor Malarek, an acclaimed investigative journalist who worked on CBC’s The Fifth Estate and CTV’s current affairs show W5. Malarek is also the author of six non-fiction books including The Natashas: Inside the Global Sex Trade, which has been published in a dozen countries, and The Johns: Sex for Sale and the Men Who Buy It.

Joining Malarek on the panel are Cheyenne Jones, survivor and abolitionist; Shauna Davidson, anti-human trafficking advocate; and Dr. Heather Thompson, MD FRCSC.

Serving as the event’s emcee and moderator is SMU graduate Will Njoku (BA‘94), a former Huskie who went on to be a pro basketball player. Now living in Moncton with his wife and their two sons, Njoku currently works as a motivational speaker, coach and leadership facilitator through his organization, Will2Win.

The half-day panel discussion is free and open to the public. It will be of interest to front‐line professionals in the social service sector, as well as anyone concerned about the human impact of commercial sexual exploitation. Among other topics, the group will discuss the growing success of post-court diversion programs aimed at sex buyers who are convicted of criminal offences, and whether such a program could be established in Nova Scotia.

BUYER BEWARE takes place in the McNally Theatre Auditorium from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm on Saturday, September 14. Doors open at 8:30 am. It was organized in collaboration with JONES RENAUD Strategic Consulting.