What Is Human Trafficking?
Human trafficking in Canada involves the sexual exploitation and forced labor of a diverse array of victims: Canadian citizens and newcomers, adults and children, women and men.
In 2000 a United Nations conference in Palermo, Italy, established a common definition of human trafficking in the Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons. The Palermo Protocol has widespread international support, with 117 signatories, including Canada.
Under the Protocol, Human Trafficking Occurs:
• When an individual recruits, transports, transfers, harbors or receives people.
• By means of deception, fraud, coercion, abuse of power, payment to others in control of the victim, threats of force, use of force or abduction.
• For the purpose of sexual exploitation, forced labour/services, removal of organs, servitude, slavery or practices similar to slavery.
Human trafficking has been referred to as “modern-day slavery” and involves the domestic or international recruiting, transporting and harboring of people for forced labor exploitation and is unlike human smuggling, where people pay someone to bring them into the country illegally.
Statistics about how many people are trafficked into the province annually and where they come from are virtually non-existent.
In 2004, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Canada’s federal law enforcement agency, estimated that 800 people were trafficked into Canada per year – 200 of whom were labour trafficking victims.
While anti-trafficking efforts are still developing, it has been highlighted annually by the U.S. State Department that Canada lacks a national strategy to combat the emerging crime.
A 2010 RCMP Human Trafficking in Canada report noted the influx “has generated concern.”
The Purpose of This Website is to Provide a Reporting Center for Modern-Day Slavery
All information is treated as Confidential, and will the information supplied in our Report Form “File A Report” button on this site, will be forwarded to the international law enforcement dealing with Modern-Day Slavery in the country reported in our report form.
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This website is sponsored by Ms. Lucia Mann who is the author of numerous articles and the following three books on the subject: Rented Silence (available early 2o16), Africa’s Unfinished Symphony (2014), and A Veil of Blood Hangs Over Africa (2015).
Lucia Man is Sicilian-bred, born in British Colonial South Africa in the wake of WWII. She is a citizen of Britain and Canada who recently applied for a U.S. Green Card because she believes she is an American at heart. She was educated in London, England and retired from freelance journalism in 1998. After suffering from racial prejudice most of her early life because she was part Italian and part South African, she saw and felt firsthand the pain and suffering of those who were thought to be inferior because of the color of their skin. Her mission is to end prejudice and slavery now and in the future.
Visit her website at www.LuciaMann.com