Provincial government to be recognized for stepping up to address victims of human trafficking in our own backyard

World Vision encouraged by new funding, but much work to be done

TORONTO, Feb. 18 /CNW/ - World Vision is encouraged by the Ontario government's allocation of nearly two million dollars in new funding to combat human trafficking and support victims and survivors of this crime in Ontario. The building blocks have been laid and the government must act strongly now while there is momentum. 

World Vision is calling for:

  • the federal and provincial governments to work together on comprehensive plans to address trafficking and include children and vulnerable youth, who require specialized care and prevention activities, in the process
  • new funding and services to reach not only victims of sexual exploitation, but victims of labour trafficking who represent the overwhelming majority of victims worldwide

"Human trafficking is not a crime we are watching from a distance, shaking our heads at - it's happening in our own backyard. We commend the Ontario Government for taking this first step to combat human trafficking, but protecting children and adults from this kind of exploitation will take time, funding coordination and commitment. We need to see the provincial and the federal governments working together and make sure this momentum is not lost." -Caroline Riseboro, VP, Public Affairs, World Vision Canada

Background
World Vision has been combating trafficking for more than 10 years in overseas projects seeing firsthand how communities and children are vulnerable to trafficking. The agency's human trafficking work aims to prevent and mitigate the effects of trafficking through awareness raising, educating children and their communities, providing shelter and care for victims and speaking out about situations of exploitation.

Facts:

  • Globally as many as 1.2 million children are trafficked annually
  • Canada is not immune to human trafficking - it is a transit, source and destination
  • Research suggests that for every person forced into prostitution, nine people are forced to work - the overwhelming majority of victims are trafficked for labour

World Vision is a leading Christian relief, development and advocacy organization dedicated to working with children, families and communities to overcome poverty and injustice. Inspired by our Christian values, we are dedicated to working with the world's most vulnerable people. We serve all people regardless of religion, race, ethnicity or gender.

SOURCE World Vision Canada

For further information:

Rachel Allred, 905-565-6200 ext. 2420, cell: 647-328-3769, Rachel_Allred@WorldVision.ca


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