Trafficking in persons in Canada, 2014

Canada isn’t doing enough to stop this from happening, we need exit controls like biometrics. Click here to learn more or read an excerpt below.


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Researchers have noted that Canada is a source, transit and destination country for trafficking in persons (Roots 2013). Men, women and children can be bought, sold, coerced or fraudulently deceived into providing exploitative services (Ogrodnik 2010). Often, victims of human trafficking are forced to pay off a debt to their trafficker, commonly known as debt bondage (Lusk and Lucas 2009; Weitzer 2014). Debt bondage can occur in all forms of human trafficking. The major types of human trafficking globally include the following:

Sex trafficking: Victims are subjected to sexual exploitation, typically in the sex trade. While sex trafficking can affect men, this form of human trafficking disproportionately affects women and children.

Forced labour: Victims are coerced into working long hours, with often little to no pay. Forms of forced labour can include domestic servitude, as well as working in the manufacturing, restaurant, farming, or construction industries. (British Columbia Ministry of Justice 2013; Interpol 2015; Weitzer 2014).


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