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U Multicultural is taking actions to prevent human trafficking

Human trafficking is modern-day slavery and involves the use of force, fraud, or coercion to obtain some type of labor or commercial sex act.
Annually, about 800,000 people –mostly women and children are trafficked across national borders.
Because it is an “underground” crime, it is difficult to quantify and identify.

U Multicultural is taking actions to prevent human trafficking by informing the community about the issue, sharing the resources and steps of prevention.

Changing the Narrative to Include Males as Victims of Trafficking

Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the authors and do not
necessarily reflect the official policy or position of U Multicultural.

In areas of violence and sexual exploitation, males are often eliminated in the equation when considering the victims of these cases. Ordinarily, they are most likely known to be perpetrators of sexual harassment due to societal standards that hold the biological male accountable for aggression and domination. Likewise, females are less considered to be suspects of assault due to their subordinate positions, and thus their weaker sex trait making them prone to be victims as perceived by society.

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Breaking Down Barriers for LGBTQ+ Trafficking Victims

The sex trafficking victims that are part of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, or questioning (LGBTQ+)  community often face a lack of resources to help them out of forced sex and violence. Along with this, they are also victims of the problematic law enforcement that does not identify them as victims, but as criminals. There is also a barrier of understanding with LGBTQ+ victims, as they are conceptualized to not be exploitable compared to cisgender women; thus, research and data on this group are limited in this area of the topic. This makes one’s need for education on this community’s involvement in trafficking to be almost inaccessible to fulfill.

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Previous Articles

Understanding Human Trafficking in Canada - and Combating it From the Core

Human trafficking is a global problem and Canada is no stranger to it. Canada has been identified as the center point for both transit and destination for human trafficking. As per Statista, about 105,787 victims of human trafficking were identified worldwide, and a total of 9,102 people were convicted worldwide for this crime.

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Shedding Light on Human Trafficking

So often shoved under the rug is the issue of human trafficking, where a vulnerable person’s freedom in life is confined within the boundary of sexual exploitation. Not to be confused with sex work which is legal in Canada, someone that is participating in human trafficking is “when they recruit, harbour, transport, or obtain a person for labour or commercial sex through the use of force, fraud, or coercion.” 

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Youth Forced Involvement In Child Trafficking

Child trafficking is a sub-category of human trafficking where youths under the age of eighteen are victimized. According to UNICEF Canada, the legal definition is “the recruitment and transfer, harbouring or receipt of children,” and that “this form of abuse usually benefits the trafficker in some way, through either financial, social or political gain.”

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What Is Child Trafficking?

Child trafficking means the recruitment and or transfer, harbouring or receipt of children for the purposes of exploitation. Children’s rights are at the heart of all we do at UNICEF. Trafficking violates those rights and denies children the ability to reach their full potential. 

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How Sex Trafficking Works In Canada

To most Canadians, human trafficking evokes images of women smuggled from far-off lands or over the border. In reality, it needn’t involve physically moving anyone anywhere – the legal definition is recruiting, harbouring, transporting or controlling the movement of a person for the purpose of exploitation. Most of it is sex trafficking, and it overwhelmingly takes place within Canada’s borders. Of the 330 cases the RCMP has identified, 311 – 94 per cent – are domestic.

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