Human trafficking is one of the fastest growing crimes worldwide.
In Ontario the majority of reported cases involve sexual exploitation which may also be referred to as sex trafficking. Over 60 % of human trafficking in Canada occurs in the corridors of highways 400, 401 and the QEW.
The average age of recruitment into sex trafficking is 13 years old.
Over 70% of human trafficking victims identified by police are under the age of 25.
This is an issue that demands our attention. We need to find ways to help identify victims and their predators. We need to provide support to victims to help them escape their predator and then to move forward with their life.
Courage for Freedom is an Ontario charitable organization that provides direct supports and trauma-informed care for minor aged victims / survivors of human trafficking. It is important to provide assistance so the risk of re-exploitation is reduced.
Early in 2021, the Canadian Committee of Truckers Against Trafficking was formed. Truckers Against Trafficking is an international non-profit working with the trucking, bus and energy industries to fight human trafficking as part of their everyday jobs. Training is provided to help drivers recognize and assist victims of human trafficking to escape.
Learn about the Zonta International Statement on Trafficking in Persons
For a Waterloo Region report on Human Trafficking use this link. This information comes from the Multi-disciplinary Response to Combat Human Trafficking Committee, Waterloo Region. Please visit site for more information. https://www.ithappenshere.org/toolkit.html