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Day 15: Sex Trafficking is a Human Rights Issue

2021-05-11T13:54:56+00:00December 9, 2015|Gender-based violence, Human trafficking|

Woman's face in profileFor the last two weeks, I have had the privilege to travel across the country to visit social service agencies and community-based organizations that are championing anti-trafficking initiatives at the local level. Most of these programs are run by women and informed by people who have experienced trafficking in one form or another. All of them are looking for ways to support those who have been trafficked while tackling the root causes of the problem in their communities.

When we speak of sex trafficking at the Canadian Women’s Foundation, we define it as an extreme form of violence against woman and girls. The coercion of a girl or a woman to engage in sex for the financial gain of another is nothing less than violent and an egregious form of abuse that must not be tolerated. Less often discussed in public forums is the fact that sex trafficking is also a human rights violation. Sex trafficking is more than just one person mistreating another — it is the result of systemic problems in our society that need to be urgently addressed.

One Year Later: Working Together to End Sex Trafficking in Canada

2017-12-19T17:34:10+00:00October 9, 2015|Gender-based violence, Human trafficking|

ButterflySince the fall 2014 publication of the ground-breaking “NO MORE” Report of the Task Force on Trafficking of Women and Girls in Canada”, the Canadian Women’s Foundation has made dramatic strides to combat sex trafficking in Canada. Through a five year strategy, the Foundation addresses this abhorrent crime in three strategic areas:

1. Financial support for critical anti-trafficking efforts.

2. Promotion of a collective action approach with many important stakeholders.

3. Sharing of knowledge and expertise to promote system change at the three levels of government.

Sex-trafficking Roundtable: A First for Atlantic Canada

2017-12-19T17:40:33+00:00July 21, 2015|Gender-based violence, Human trafficking, Sexual abuse|

Denise John speaks at sex-trafficking roundtable (Photo: Denise John, Victim Support Navigator at the Mi’kmaw Native Friendship Centre in Halifax, was one of the participants at the Canadian Women’s Foundation’s recent roundtable discussion on sex trafficking.)

Windsor, Nova Scotia, is known as the “birthplace of hockey” and is famous for its giant pumpkins. The population of the town, which is an hour from Halifax, is around 3,700.

When veteran officer Luc Côté got stationed at the Windsor RCMP detachment in April, it was “a bit shocking” to learn his colleagues were working on a sex-trafficking case.

Take off the cape: Why using the word “rescue” is harmful to anti-trafficking efforts

2022-01-04T20:24:46+00:00August 11, 2014|Gender-based violence, Guest bloggers, Human trafficking|

Here He Comes to Save the DayThis article first appeared on the Colorado Coalition Against Sexual Assault blog and is re-published with the author's permission.

When I came to the human trafficking field from working on domestic and sexual violence, I was shocked by a lot of things. It was disturbing to learn about the various ways traffickers abuse and exploit victims for labor and sex and surprising to see how frequently human trafficking intersected directly with intimate partner violence, sex assault and child abuse.

“Can we interview you about human trafficking?”

2022-01-04T15:53:46+00:00February 25, 2014|Human trafficking|

TimeaThis blog post originally appeared on Timea's personal blog Timea's view, where she writes about human trafficking in Canada. Timea is a member of our Task Force on Human Trafficking of Women and Girls in Canada.

As a “survivor” of Human Trafficking the request for being on Television, in the Newspapers and being part of a study group for research comes to my email box daily.