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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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Canada Passes Legislation to Protect Exploited Persons

Canada Passes Legislation to Protect Exploited Persons

After the Supreme Court of Canada ruled that Canada’s prostitution laws were unconstitutional in December 2013, Canada’s Parliament was given 1 year to adopt a new model of legislation. After long and involved research including consulting survivors, those currently in prostitution, various organizations, legal professionals, justices and the public, the government proposed Bill C-36 –The Protection of Communities and Exploited Persons Act. Read More

[free-them] Strikes a Blow Against Human Trafficking

[free-them] Strikes a Blow Against Human Trafficking

On September 27, 2014, anti-human trafficking organization, [free-them], had their 5th Annual Freedom Walk in Toronto and their Inaugural Freedom Walk in Ottawa presented by The Fairmont Royal York to raise money for victims of human trafficking in Canada. The result of months of planning and collaboration, the walks brought together hundreds of people from across Ontario and Southern Quebec, united in their passion to end human trafficking. Read More

An Evening of Art and Music and Celebrated speakers Today

An Evening of Art and Music and Celebrated speakers Today

By Emily Piccinin

Maiti Nepal and Aura Freedom are proud to announce an inspiring partnership in the fight to combat human trafficking. At Free-Them’s fifth annual Freedom Walk yesterday, we were incredibly lucky to have visionary Anuradha Koirala speak to hundreds of volunteers, participants, coordinators and honorable guests. Read More

5th Annual Freedom Walk Presented By The Fairmont Royal York Hotel

5th Annual Freedom Walk Presented By The Fairmont Royal York Hotel

September 1, 2014

Emily Piccinin

This year, on September 27th, marks the fifth time the Free-Them initiative will band in solidarity to raise awareness against human trafficking and slavery. Hundreds of volunteers and advocates for freedom will march around the downtown core of Toronto and Ottawa waving banners, chanting rhymes and causing a stir. The aim is to educate communities, businesses and the country at large about the issue of slavery in Canada. Read More

Part 2: Alan Young Likens Prostitutes To Meat

Part 2: Alan Young Likens Prostitutes To Meat

By Carly Romano

In my previous post, I presented Alan Young’s opinion on prostitution as advertised by Canadian Lawyer Magazine. As you can see, Young’s comments provide a lot of insight into his prostitution challenge. Read More

Ready Or Not…

Ready Or Not…

June 22, 2014
Carly Romano:

We support you!

Originally posted on timea's view:

Where to start?

Hm…For the last 4 years I have been rewarded with more awards I can think of, for my work with victims of Human Trafficking, both Internationally and Nationally. (I felt incredibly honored every time)
I have spoken publicly, I am the to-go person for the Media when they need a “victim” to share her story and I become the “face of human trafficking” in Canada. Read More

Bill C-36: Canada Says No To Sexual Exploitation

Bill C-36: Canada Says No To Sexual Exploitation

Although it meant this post was late in coming, I wanted to take the time to weigh the pros and cons of Bill C-36: Protection of Communities and Exploited Persons Act (click here). After careful research and deliberation, I’ve come to a conclusion: Read More

Alan Young Likens Prostitutes to Meat

Alan Young Likens Prostitutes to Meat

By Carly Romano

“When you buy meat, you believe it to have been inspected and approved. If you sell your body, I think you should have to do the same.”

-Alan Young, Canadian Lawyer Magazine Read More