Human Trafficking

What is Human Trafficking:  “Modern slavery,” “trafficking in persons,” and “human trafficking” have been used as umbrella terms for the act of recruiting, harboring, transporting, providing, or obtaining a person for compelled labor or commercial sex acts through the use of force, fraud, or coercion. 

Human trafficking can include, but does not require, movement. People may be considered trafficking victims regardless of whether they were born into a state of servitude, were exploited in their home town, were transported to the exploitative situation, previously consented to work for a trafficker, or participated in a crime as a direct result of being trafficked. At the heart of this phenomenon is the traffickers’ goal of exploiting and enslaving their victims and the myriad coercive and deceptive practices they use to do so.

Trafficking should not be confused with smuggling which is the illegal movement of a person across a border with their consent. 

Overview: Because of the clandestine nature of the crime it is difficult to estimate how many victims of slavery exist at any one time in the World.  However by modest estimates we can assume that there are 20 -30 million human beings who are enslaved in our world today. The International Labor Organization states that human trafficking is a 150 billion dollar industry. Human Trafficking is not a crime that happens “somewhere else.” Thousands of victims are trafficked within and through Canada and the United States annually. 

Learn about the different types of Modern Day Slavery

Why be concerned: Many people still think human trafficking and child sex trafficking are issues that happen in other countries and to other people, but they couldn't be more wrong. In fact, 83% of sex trafficking victims in the U.S. are United States citizens. Similarly, almost all the victims in Canada are Canadian born. it is happening throughout the U.S. in every neighborhood, and it's most likely happening in your neighborhood.

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Read more about Child Trafficking and the Technology Link.

Human Trafficking Observance Days:

  • January (whole month) National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month
  • January 11 (U.S.) National Human Trafficking Awareness Day
  • February 8 International Day of Prayer and Awareness Against Human Trafficking
  • July 30 World Day (UN) Against Trafficking in Persons
  • December 2 UN Day for the Abolition of Slavery

Members of the AMSSND Human Trafficking Committee:

  • Maria Ciccone
  • Pat Glinka, SSND
  • Ethel Howley, SSND
  • Jean McLoughlin, SSND
  • Joan Pikiell, SSND
  • Maureen Michael Byrne, SSND

Stop Human Trafficking Committee, Waterdown, ON

  • Dick Anstett
  • Pauline Condon
  • Christine Curran
  • Irene Freeman
  • Edna Hood, SSND
  • Liz Kelly
  • Karen Krentweiser
  • Christine Oates
  • Josie MacRae
  • Donna McKay
  • Liz Morelli
  • Nerina Murray
  • Norm Murray
  • Theresa Nagle, SSND
  • Rose Mary Sander, SSND
  • Harriet Schurr, SSND
  • Pat Stortz
  • Marie Taylor, SSND
  • Liz Whyte

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Canada and Human Trafficking

Canada's FirstNations women are the faces of human trafficking in Canada. According to some data, 51% of trafficked women in Canada are indigenous. Colonialism has played and continues to play a clear role in the treatment of aboriginal women in Canada. There is a database of 3,200 missing and murdered aboriginal women.

Some resources: