TORONTO, Feb. 17 /CNW/ - Today's announcement by the Ontario government
to launch a new three-pronged approach to fight human trafficking will
mean better resources for police to disrupt and prosecute traffickers
and greater support for victim services.
This support is desperately needed to end this form of modern-day
slavery. Ontario is home to the largest number of foreign human
trafficking victims in Canada. Traffickers recruit and advertise girls
as young as 14 for the sex trade often using coercion, deception and
force. They are bought and sold like cattle to "pimps" or "boyfriends"
who lie, threaten and deceive them. Until now, the province lacked a
coordinated approach to combat the insidious crime of human
"It is encouraging to see the government taking a proactive step to stop
the abuse of victims and the attack on human dignity," said Alan
Broadbent, Chairman of Maytree. "This new coordinated approach is a
first in Ontario toward addressing this complex issue."
Benjamin Perrin, author of Invisible Chains: Canada's Underground World of Human Trafficking, also lauds the province's efforts. With support from Maytree, Professor
Perrin has investigated and documented human trafficking cases and has
advised the federal and provincial governments on this issue.
"The province has joined other provinces across the country in taking
its first steps to fighting human trafficking and protecting its
victims," added Professor Perrin. "No doubt, the government will find
that this tragedy occurs all too often in Ontario and that this
investment is worth building on."
Human trafficking in Canada involves the sexual exploitation and forced
labour of a diverse array of victims: Canadian citizens and newcomers,
adults and children, women and men. For more information on human
trafficking and what can be done to fight it, visit the end modern-day
slavery website: http://www.endmoderndayslavery.ca.
Established in 1982, Maytree promotes equity and prosperity and the
building of strong urban communities through its policy insights,
grants and programs. The organization has been recognized for its
expertise in developing, testing and implementing programs and policy
solutions related to immigration, integration and diversity. www.maytree.com.
Invisible Chains, by Benjamin Perrin, is the first book to expose the issue of human trafficking in Canada.
It is based on a three-year investigation and documents cases reported
by police, provincial officials, immigration, and non-governmental
organizations as well as accounts from victims and their families. It
also evaluates Canada's response and makes specific recommendations to
government, police and average Canadians. www.invisiblechains.ca.
SOURCE Maytree Foundation
For further information:
Markus Stadelmann-Elder, Communications Manager, Maytree
p: (416) 944-2627 x 284, c: (416) 271-5654, e: email@example.com