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War on human trafficking fraught with complications

In Awareness, Human Trafficking on June 13, 2012 at 4:06 pm

An estimated 15,000 people are trafficked into Canada each year. Most are women and children and most end up in the sex trade.

At least that number of Canadians are also likely to be under the control of domestic traffickers who move them about the country.

Again, most are commercially, sexually exploited.

But some victims are in forced labour working in agriculture, processing and manufacturing.

On Wednesday, the Canadian government committed $25 million over the next four years to a coordinated national strategy to deal with the traffickers and their victims.

For years, the U.S. State Department’s annual Trafficking in Persons reports have criticized Canada for its failure to have a coordinated, comprehensive plan to prevent trafficking, prosecute traffickers and protect victims, even though traffickers use Canada as a source of victims, a transit country and a destination.

Source: Vancouver Sun


Tories bolster fight against sex-trade, labour trafficking

In Awareness, Human Trafficking on June 12, 2012 at 4:05 pm

The federal government announced Wednesday it will spend $25 million to combat human trafficking.

The money will be doled out over four years on a number of initiatives, ranging from victim identification and assistance to police training and public awareness.

“This is a robust plan that demonstrates Canada’s unwavering commitment to action,” Public Safety Minister Vic Toews said.

Toews said the plan consolidates the work of more than a dozen federal agencies and departments to address human trafficking in the sex trade and forced labour.

The strategy will create the first integrated law-enforcement team to combat human trafficking. The team will include members from the RCMP and Canada Border Services Agency.

Toews said the goal isn’t just to prosecute more offenders but to help prevent human trafficking. The government also plans to develop a tool to help identify those most at risk for trafficking, improve data collection on the issue, develop education campaigns, create a $500,000 victims fund and work on ways to prevent the sex trade from bringing in workers through the Temporary Foreign Worker program.

Source: Winnipeg Free Press

Feds creating squad to fight human trafficking

In Awareness, Human Trafficking on June 11, 2012 at 4:04 pm

Canada’s new action plan to combat human trafficking, announced Wednesday with great fanfare, comes after years of prodding by the United States to do just that.

The U.S. State Department’s most recent annual report on “trafficking in persons,” released last year, lamented an inadequate level of co-operation between the federal government in Ottawa and the provinces.

“The government lacked a national strategy to combat trafficking, and limited co-ordination between the federal and provincial governments on anti-trafficking efforts continued to be a challenge,” the report said.

It called on Canada to “strengthen co-ordination among national and provincial governments on law enforcement and victim services, in part by adopting a national strategy to combat human trafficking.”


Trafficking to come at a cost

In Forced Labor, Human Trafficking, Sex Trafficking, Social Justice on May 1, 2012 at 3:35 pm

Jennifer Howard and Andrew Swan announce Tracia's law.

A new law that goes into effect today will allow Manitoba courts to sell off pimps’ cars and houses to award hefty damage settlements to their victims.

The Child Sexual Exploitation and Human Trafficking Act is the first provincial law to target the property of pimps and human traffickers for the benefit of victims who are lured, recruited or even kidnapped as part of illegal trafficking rings.

The primary targets are pimps who lure aboriginal girls from the remote north as well as foster children under the care of family service agencies.

“This is another one of the ways we are using our provincial powers to attack those who prey on others and to protect public safety,” Attorney General Andrew Swan said.

The Selinger government sees the new law as a signal Manitoba is declaring it will not tolerate sex and labour rings operating within provincial boundaries.

Source: Winnipeg Free Press

Sex-work ruling sparks trafficking concerns

In Child Sex Trafficking, Forced Prostitution, Human Trafficking, Prostitution, Sex Trafficking on April 18, 2012 at 12:48 pm

Timea Nagy knows what it’s like to be sold like a piece of meat.

She was 19 and living in Budapest when she applied for a summer job in Canada that would solve her money problems.

Instead, she found herself thrown into the stripping industry and her life threatened if she tried to leave.

“I had to give up all my money to them,” Nagy, now 35, said Sunday. “It was very scary. I didn’t speak the language and was far from home. It was Hungarian organized crime. I did it for three and a half months and escaped.”

But other victims might not be as lucky.

With the Court of the Appeal of Ontario sweeping aside some of the country’s anti-prostitution laws last month, activists are concerned the changes will breed more victims of human trafficking.

“Prostitution fuels human trafficking,” said Shae Invidiata, who led a group of a dozen protesters outside of Ontario’s legislature on Saturday. “Legalizing prostitution and living off the avails, you’re giving pimps the legal authority to exploit women and children in Canada.”

Source: LFPress

I actually disagree with the notion that legalizing prostitution will make human trafficking worse. As long as something remains illegal, it becomes almost impossible for victims to report crimes against them – because in the eyes of the law, they aren’t victims, they are criminals. Pimps have always used this fact to help keep their sex slaves from running away or turning to police. Legalizing prostitution should take the pimps out of the equation… then again, I guess time will tell. What do you think?

Bringing down Canada’s massive human-trafficking ring

In Human Trafficking on April 16, 2012 at 3:52 pm

One December morning, a 49-year-old Hungarian named Sandor Simon was at a Hamilton welfare office when he became agitated, saying he was terrified of the people he was living with and wanted to escape.

Staff knew an RCMP constable, Lepa Jankovic, was investigating suspicious activity involving Hungarian nationals, so they called her. When she arrived, Mr. Simon was hunched over with his arms in his lap, in a full sweat, his hat curled up in his hand.

Through a translator, he told the story: A man in his home country promised a high-paying job in the stucco industry if he would move to Canada. But when he arrived, he was confined to a basement with three other men and, he learned, would be forced to work long hours for no pay.

National News: World Vision asks Canadians to help end child slavery

In Awareness, Child Sex Trafficking, Child Trafficking, Forced Prostitution, Human Trafficking, Sex Trafficking on April 13, 2012 at 1:27 pm

Today World Vision Canada is launching a three-year campaign against child slavery. The relief, development and advocacy organization’s End Child Slavery campaign is focused on boys and girls who are pushed, forced or trafficked into 3D jobs – dirty, dangerous, and degrading.

“Millions of children around the world face each day filled with fear, struggling to survive as domestic servants, sex slaves, street beggars, or cheap labourers in mines and factories,” says Caroline Riseboro, vice-president of Public Affairs, World VisionCanada. “This work is damaging their bodies, minds and well-being. Many are not able to leave these situations. As Canadians, we’d be horrified to see this happen in our own country – it’s time to demand safety and security for children everywhere.”

Source: Northumberland View

Few aware of human trafficking in Canada

In Awareness, Forced Labor, Human Trafficking, Sex Trafficking on April 6, 2012 at 9:05 am

As the kingpin of Canada’s largest human trafficking case to date was handed a nine-year sentence Tuesday – the toughest Canadian sentence for human trafficking yet – experts say it represents just the tip of the iceberg.

The victims were forced to claim refugee status and apply for welfare, which went to the family. Nineteen victims, none of whom spoke English when they were recruited, have come forward.

Human trafficking in Canada is more common than people might think and the Domotor case exemplifies the forms it can take beyond sexual exploitation, said Bethany Hastie, a doctoral candidate in law at McGill University in Montreal, Que.

“Public awareness of trafficking in our country is quite low. It’s not something that Canadians typically think happens here,” Hastie said.

Source: Canada

Human trafficking linked to wrecked yacht off N.S.

In Human Trafficking on March 31, 2012 at 3:58 pm

Survivors of a yacht that was crippled by heavy seas off Nova Scotia Tuesday are claiming refugee status and the incident, which claimed one life and left three people missing, is being treated as a possible attempt to smuggle Eastern Europeans into Canada.

“There is an enormous and unnecessary risk involved with the act of human smuggling,” said Public Safety Minister Vic Toews in a statement. “Our government’s message is clear to those contemplating a human smuggling operation – don’t do it.”

Maj. Paule Poulin, a spokeswoman for the Halifax search and rescue coordination centre, confirmed the sailors are “foreign nationals” but did not specify which country or countries they are from.

Pulchny said that “based upon the accents [of those rescued], the crew believes they are from Europe.”

Source: Vancouver Sun

More Canadians arrested abroad for sex tourism, but few convicted in Canada

In Child Sex Trafficking, Forced Prostitution, Human Trafficking, Prostitution, Sex Trafficking on March 30, 2012 at 3:55 pm

At least 73 Canadians have been arrested outside the country for abusing or molesting children or possessing child pornography in the last three years.

That figure only hints at how many Canadians actually travel abroad to have sex with children.

And even though it marks a steep increase, only a handful of Canadians have been convicted under a federal law put in place 15 years ago targeting sex tourism.

 Source: Canada
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