The crime of Trafficking is growing. It is a multi-million dollar business that is happening here and now!
National Human Trafficking Day in Canada
February 22 is National Human Trafficking Awareness Day, a time to bring awareness to the extent to which individuals are exploited through labour trafficking and sex trafficking in Canada.
Recognizing Human Trafficking Awareness Day is a step towards combatting this form of modern-day slavery, helping to advocate on behalf of survivors, and supporting actions to ending the abuse.
Human trafficking – especially sex trafficking – is a pervasive threat to public safety involving the recruitment, transportation, harbouring and/or exercising control, direction or influence over the movements of a person, for the purpose of exploitation.
Sex trafficking in Canada is most common along the 400 series of highways in Ontario, BC and in Nova Scotia. While men, women and children are impacted, it is a gender-based crime that predominantly impacts Canadian women and girls. Certain groups are disproportionally vulnerable, including Indigenous women and girls, migrants and new immigrants, LGBTQ2+ persons, persons living with disabilities, children in the child welfare system, at-risk youth, and those who are socially or economically disadvantaged.