‘Her death isn’t in vain:’ trafficking victim remembered in Ontario campaign


YARMOUTH, N.S. — Maddison Fraser is remembered as a champion boxer, an aspiring nurse, and a caring parent — but her mother says she was trapped in a lifestyle that ultimately cost her her life.

Three years after Fraser’s death, Jennifer Holleman of Yarmouth, N.S., says she hopes her daughter’s story will help other people recognize the warning signs of human trafficking.

Fraser moved to Alberta in her late teens after being lured there to work in the sex trade, and Holleman later found out about her daughter’s situation after a concerned friend reached out to her on Facebook.

In July 2015, Fraser was killed in a car crash in Edmonton at the age of 21. While going through her belongings, Holleman found some of her daughter’s cellphone messages indicating the man behind the wheel — who later died — was a john.

Starting November 1, Fraser will be honoured by the London Abused Women’s Centre through its Shine the Light on Woman Abuse Campaign, a month-long movement aiming to raise awareness of violence against women.

Holleman says her advocacy work has helped her in the healing process, but she doesn’t think she will ever fully come to terms with what happened to her daughter.

The Canadian Press