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.

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.” As in the topic of human trafficking as a whole, this serious issue is not widely spoken, because people think that it is evitable and that their children are protected from such horror.

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Shedding Light on Human Trafficking

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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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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

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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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