There are so many myths going around—it’s important you know the truth about Human Trafficking.
FACT: Human trafficking is sometimes confused with human smuggling, which is a different crime that occurs when someone pays a smuggler to facilitate crossing over an international border. Human trafficking, on the other hand, is sexual or labour exploitation that may involve movement inside the person's own country OR movement across an international border. Domestic human trafficking means that you are from or reside in one country, and you are trafficked within that country. International human trafficking means you are brought to another country for the purpose of exploitation. The overwhelming majority of what we see in Canada is DOMESTIC human trafficking.
FACT: Ontario is a major centre for human trafficking in Canada, accounting for roughly 65 percent of police-reported cases nationally. (Ontario’s Strategy to End Human Trafficking, Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services, 2016). 93% of sex trafficking victims come from Canada, not other countries. (Canadian Women's Foundation (2014): Fact Sheet: Sex Trafficking of Women and Girls in Canada.)
FACT: While some groups have been identified as at-risk, there are also cases in which no known risk factors are present. In those cases, traffickers often target very young people and may build trust during a "grooming" period before exploitation begins. We are seeing an increase in cases where no drugs are being used at all.
FACT: Often survivors report that they were living at home with their parents while they were being trafficked. Sometimes movement from city to city takes place, but not always. Some survivors report that they continue to attend school while being trafficked to maintain the illusion that everything is fine.
FACT: A recent study found that over a third of victims were recruited by men they considered to be their boyfriends. Another 25% were lured through friends, most often victims themselves. (Canadian Women’s Foundation (2014): “No More”: Ending Sex Trafficking in Canada, Report of the National Task Force on Sex Trafficking of Women and Girls in Canada.)
FACT: Some people who are trafficked are controlled and monitored constantly and don’t have the opportunity to ask for help. Others may not realize or acknowledge what is happening to them or that it is a crime. In some cases, they may fear their trafficker or law enforcement too much to risk seeking help. They may also be manipulated to believe that the trafficker is the only person who cares about them and that they are best off staying with their trafficker.
This informative 12-page booklet will give you good insight as to how Human Trafficking occurs in Durham Region along with 5 ways to ignite change to combat Human Trafficking.Download resource
Victim Services of Durham Region know that caregivers’ attention, love, and awareness is the biggest defence against Human Trafficking. This simple 2-page flyer is full of tips, signs to look for and detailed information on how to intervene when speaking to children about sensitive topics.Download resource
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