Category: Human trafficking
For the last two weeks, I have had the privilege to travel across the country to visit social service agencies and community-based organizations that are championing anti-trafficking initiatives at the local level. Most of these programs are run by women and informed by people who have experienced trafficking in one form or another. All of them are looking for ways to support those who have been trafficked while tackling the root causes of the problem in their communities.
When we speak of sex trafficking at the Canadian Women’s Foundation, we define it as an extreme form of violence against woman and girls. The coercion of a girl or a woman to engage in sex for the financial gain of another is nothing less than violent and an egregious form of abuse that must not be tolerated. Less often discussed in public forums is the fact that sex trafficking is also a human rights violation. Sex trafficking is more than just one person mistreating another — it is the result of systemic problems in our society that need to be urgently addressed.
Since the fall 2014 publication of the ground-breaking “NO MORE” Report of the Task Force on Trafficking of Women and Girls in Canada”, the Canadian Women’s Foundation has made dramatic strides to combat sex trafficking in Canada. Through a five year strategy, the Foundation addresses this abhorrent crime in three strategic areas:
1. Financial support for critical anti-trafficking efforts.
2. Promotion of a collective action approach with many important stakeholders.
3. Sharing of knowledge and expertise to promote system change at the three levels of government.
La traite des personnes à des fins sexuelles, c’est une forme de violence. Et tous les jours au Canada, des enfants en sont victimes.
Si nous comprenions mieux les complexités de la traite à des fins sexuelles, nous en reconnaitrions bien plus souvent les manifestations. Mais si nous n’avons pas une idée claire de ce qu’est la traite des personnes et de ce qui y amène les jeunes, nous perdons la capacité d’intervenir. Voici donc une liste des mythes qui circulent à propos de la traite de personnes mineures à des fins sexuelles, accompagnées des mises au point qui s’imposent.
(Photo: Denise John, Victim Support Navigator at the Mi’kmaw Native Friendship Centre in Halifax, was one of the participants at the Canadian Women’s Foundation’s recent roundtable discussion on sex trafficking.)
Windsor, Nova Scotia, is known as the “birthplace of hockey” and is famous for its giant pumpkins. The population of the town, which is an hour from Halifax, is around 3,700.
When veteran officer Luc Côté got stationed at the Windsor RCMP detachment in April, it was “a bit shocking” to learn his colleagues were working on a sex-trafficking case.