Tara Teng


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Tara Teng
Tara Teng (born August 16, 1988) (Chinese name: Oi Kwan) is a Canadian abolitionist, beauty pageant winner, and professional public speaker. She grew up on British Columbia's Sunshine Coast. She has a Bachelor of Education degree from Trinity Western University. She attends Re:Generation, a Canadian National Baptist Convention church that was planted by her father. Teng was named Miss BC World in 2010, Miss Canada in 2011, and Miss World Canada in 2012, despite withdrawing from the corresponding swimsuit competitions. She represented Canada at Miss World 2012 in Ordos City, China, and the Chinese government added her name to its blacklist of keywords because she spoke publicly about human rights issues and Jesus during the competition.

Teng works full-time as an independent activist against human trafficking, partnering with various organizations rather than working for one in particular. The film Bangkok Girl inspired Teng to begin opposing human trafficking. Teng uses various social media to raise awareness about human trafficking, including a personal blog, Twitter, and Facebook. In 2010, she used her position as Miss BC World to meet with Canada's Prime Minister, Stephen Harper, to discuss a national plan for combatting human trafficking. She has participated in awareness initiatives, including Buying Sex is Not a Sport, Freedom Week, and Ignite the Road to Justice. She calls for Canada to adopt a law to make purchasing sex illegal in the same way as Sweden's Sex Purchase Act, which she said "has a proven success rate for protecting women in prostitution and decreasing human trafficking."

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