The trafficking of persons is a despicable activity, a disgrace to our society that calls itself 'civilized' — Pope Francis
Human trafficking is the trade of humans, usually for sexual exploitation, forced labour, or the removal of organs. Traffickers make an estimated $32 billion a year, making it the second largest sector of organized crime in the world.
Reliable statistics are hard to find as most trafficking is unreported, but women and children are overrepresented as victims of trafficking. Most victims are between 18 and 24 years of age. Approximately half of known, assisted victims of trafficking are victims of forced labour, and about one third are victims of sexual exploitation. Most trafficked persons have been lured into trafficking by people they know.
Trafficking in Canada
Trafficking can involve crossing national borders, but it can also happen within a country. Canada is considered a source, a destination, and a transit country which means that victims can be trafficked from, to, and through Canada.
Special Project – GIFT Box
To raise awareness about human trafficking and empower people to take action, the Sisters of St. Joseph of Toronto are collaborating with others to bring GIFT Box to the Greater Toronto Area for the 2015 Pan and Parapan Am Games.
At the heart of this Faith Alliance to End Human Trafficking are GIFT Boxes, walk-in pieces of public art that draw people in with the false promises traffickers use to entice their victims. Once inside, visitors learn about the horrible realities that trafficking victims face and ways to take action against it.
Read more about the Toronto GIFT Box:
Please visit Faith Alliance to End Human Trafficking's website at www.faithalliance.ca.
GIFT box was first introduced at the London 2012 Olympics and Paralympics as a collaborative effort of the UN Global Initiative to Fight Trafficking (UN.GIFT) and Stop the Traffik. During the London games, over 11,000 people visited the boxes.
Click on the links below to learn more about human trafficking.
- The Toronto Counter Human Trafficking Network (TCHTN)
- The Bakhita Initiative: US Catholic Sisters Against Human Trafficking
- UNANIMA International: Stop the Demand
- Canadian Council for Refugees: Protecting Trafficked Persons in Canada
- The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime
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