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The Importance of Human Trafficking Awareness Day

February 22, 2018 marks Ontario’s first Human Trafficking Awareness Day. Last year, May 18th, the Anti-Human Trafficking Act1 was passed making this an annual observance. The Act also includes provisions for survivors to apply for restraining orders against their traffickers and for them to pursue compensation.

While it is clear to see how the provisions concerning the restraining order and compensation would benefit survivors of human trafficking, it may be a little more unclear how an Awareness Day would benefit victims of human trafficking.

Although human trafficking exists all over the world, many people are still not aware of it happening in their own communities. Many Canadians think that human trafficking is an issue that victimizes non-Canadians and is not very prevalent here. However, Ontario’s Committee on Sexual Violence and Harassment confirm that 90% of identified victims have been Canadian-born2. News reports prove that Ontario is a hub for human trafficking3. The problem of awareness is so real that one Peterborough County OPP detective says that most Johns he’s spoken with are largely unaware that the girl is being trafficked (vs. choosing to do sex work) and unaware that under Bill C-36, buying sex is illegal4.

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Speaking Out Against Injustice

Speaking Out Against Injustice

Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”

What a great truth spoken by a great man. Years later, Martin Luther King’s words echo with great resonance as we find ourselves in a world swirling with injustice – everything from terrorist attacks, to people not being able to access clean drinking water to millions of people being bought and sold. It all seems too great a burden a bear.

With this month being home to both Martin Luther King Jr. Day and human trafficking awareness month, it’s important to recognize the connection between Mr. King’s work towards justice and the issue of injustice presented by contemporary human trafficking.

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