Sex Trafficking

Backpage.com Owners Arrested On Sex-Trafficking Charges

CP | The Associated Press | Posted 10.11.2016 | Canada Business

Defence lawyer calls it an "election year stunt."

Responding To Negative News: Spread Light, Be A Changemaker

Shujaat Wasty | Posted 12.17.2016 | Canada Impact
Shujaat Wasty

For every tragic incident in the world today, there are countless more women and men humanitarians -- changemakers -- making the world a better place in their own respective capacities. Light is more potent and powerful in effacing darkness; let's each of us resolve to spread more light around us, in our communities, and throughout our world.

Ontario Has Become 'A Major Hub' For Trafficking Young Girls

CP | Keith Leslie, The Canadian Press | Posted 12.13.2016 | Canada Politics

"I don't think any of us were prepared for what we heard."

Is Your Daughter At Risk For Sex Trafficking?

Joy Smith Foundation | Posted 12.06.2016 | Canada Parents
Joy Smith Foundation

Parents need to understand what the signs are to ensure their daughters are safe. All young girls can be targets for predators. Girls who are being bullied at school, struggling with changes on the home front or otherwise dealing with self-esteem issues are especially vulnerable.

Sex Traffickers Stole Our Daughter Away From Us

Joy Smith Foundation | Posted 12.03.2016 | Canada Parents
Joy Smith Foundation

They are stalkers, searching for someone to target and their hunting grounds are convenience stores, in malls, parks and, in Jessica's case, our local recreation centres. We thought that type of crime happened in other countries, not Canada. We were wrong.

I Was First Sold For Sex At Age 15

Joy Smith Foundation | Posted 12.02.2016 | Canada Living
Joy Smith Foundation

I want parents and teachers to know that this is a real danger to their girls. I think that if I'd known the signs that I was being groomed for sex trafficking, it might not have happened to me. Predators don't discriminate. Raising awareness and knowing the signs is our first step to ending sex trafficking in Canada.

MPP: Ontario Girls Being Targeted In Malls, Parties For Sex Trafficking

CP | Allison Jones, The Canadian Press | Posted 05.18.2016 | Canada Politics

TORONTO - A motion to create a provincial task force on sex trafficking may have passed the Ontario legislature with all-party support, but the Libera...

Creating a Haven for Young Trafficking Victims in Toronto

Kevin M. Ryan | Posted 05.04.2015 | Canada
Kevin M. Ryan

We at Covenant House worked closely with the two young survivors at the heart of Toronto's first criminal prosecution to lead to a sex trafficking con...

What Happens When a Man Who Buys Sex Learns About Sex Trafficking

Michelle Brock | Posted 03.23.2015 | Canada Living
Michelle Brock

The passage of the new prostitution law has sparked a host of reactions. Many news articles opposing the legislation have been published, and some sex workers say that criminalizing their clients makes their work unsafe. Purchasers of sex are silent on the matter, letting the industry do their bidding while hiding behind the veil of anonymity.

Trudeau Shouldn't Need More Evidence Against the Prostitution of Marginalized People

Joy Smith, M.P. | Posted 03.11.2015 | Canada Politics
Joy Smith, M.P.

A recent article on Justin Trudeau highlighted the Liberal Leader's position on prostitution as favouring an 'evidence-based approach' that protects marginalized people from violence. He just won't tell you what that approach is. It's time for leaders, in all levels of government, to stop waxing eloquent about "evidence-based" approaches and finally take a stand that protects marginalized women and girls. They are not commodities to be bought and sold. Every vulnerable and marginalized person has value and dignity and Canadian leaders should seek to end their prostitution -- not support it.

Bill C-36: Why We Are Targeting Pimps and Johns

Joy Smith, M.P. | Posted 12.27.2014 | Canada Politics
Joy Smith, M.P.

Prostitution is not driven by poverty. Prostitution is driven by men who desire to purchase women and youth for sex. That is why, for the first time in Canadian history, our government has brought forward legislation that aggressively targets the pimps and johns who fuel the demand for this activity with tough penalties.

Laws Don't Rape Women. Men Do

Michelle Brock | Posted 08.23.2014 | Canada Politics
Michelle Brock

While some women would no doubt make plenty of money by running escort services or choosing a few well-paying clients, the majority of those in prostitution do not have that kind of relative bargaining power. And considering that we share a border with the U.S., not only will decriminalization lead to increased demand from Canadian citizens, but also from our southern neighbours.

Bill C-36 Could Prevent Sex Trafficking

Michelle Brock | Posted 08.11.2014 | Canada Politics
Michelle Brock

I am pleased to see that bill C-36 puts the responsibly on the johns. For far too long, prostitution has been an anonymous, low-risk activity for those seeking to purchase sex. Considering that prostitution has a high degree of violence (regardless of legal context), the only way to reduce the harm on a wide, long-term scale is to reduce demand for paid sex. We applaud Minister MacKay on his courageous first step of introducing legislation that recognizes the need for addressing demand and for pledging much needed funding for frontline programs.

Our New Prostitution Bill Protects the Dignity of Women and Youth

Joy Smith, M.P. | Posted 08.06.2014 | Canada Politics
Joy Smith, M.P.

Canada's profoundly misguided approach to prostitution and treatment of prostitutes changed on June 4, 2014, with the introduction of Bill C-36, the Protection of Communities and Exploited Persons Act. By making prostitution illegal for the first time in Canadian history, the impact of the new prohibitions will be borne by those who purchase sex and persons who exploit others through prostitution rather than vulnerable individuals.

Safe House and Prostitution

Bill Haines | Posted 02.26.2014 | Canada Alberta
Bill Haines

I think a good Christian response to this situation would be for Christian churches to build safe houses across the street from the new brothels so that any woman who wants help escaping the sex trade and human sex trafficking, can receive the immediate love and care and assistance, she needs.

Legalizing Prostitution Doesn't Help Sex-Trafficked Youth

Kevin M. Ryan | Posted 02.19.2014 | Canada Politics
Kevin M. Ryan

For vulnerable Canadian young people ensnared in the sex trade, this morning's Supreme Court decision to allow legal prostitution is distressing. We at Covenant House, the largest agency serving homeless, runaway and trafficked youth in the Americas, believe it could result in an escalation of child prostitution and human trafficking, as it has in other countries where the sex trade is legal. Those of us whose primary concern is the protection of the young will be closely monitoring how the government proposes to implement and regulate prostitution.

Canada Must Target Buyers of Sex

Joy Smith, M.P. | Posted 02.19.2014 | Canada Politics
Joy Smith, M.P.

Despite this new ruling, the debate around prostitution is hardly settled. There are those who wish to legalize and normalize the industry, those who wish to criminalize all aspects of the industry, and finally those, like myself, who recognize prostitution as an industry that is inherently harmful to women and girls and therefore must be eliminated.

Why Hitchhiking is a Risky Road for Aboriginal Women

Jared Brock | Posted 02.12.2014 | Canada Politics
Jared Brock

As my wife and I were driving home in Duncan, B.C. three years ago, we noticed a young girl hitchhiking. She was young, First Nations, and not dressed for the weather. As we stopped to pick her up, we noticed a white truck stop on the other side of the road, and two guys got out and walked towards her. We cut them off, and told her to hop in. This was just weeks after a gruesome murder. Fast-forward to last night. On our way home we noticed another young girl hitchhiking. Until people all over Canada demand better from our leaders, nothing will change, and Aboriginal girls will continue to go missing in record numbers, numbers that already concern the U.N.

This Couple's Daughter Was Sex Trafficked and Murdered

Jared Brock | Posted 02.03.2014 | Canada
Jared Brock

Ed's daughter, Cheri, was a typical pre-teen in a supportive Christian home. But everything changed in the ninth grade. She got a boyfriend and ran away with him. The boyfriend, it turned out, was a newly-minted trafficker and he reported to a higher-up pimp in Montreal. The pimp's sister, also a working girl, taught Cheri the ropes. "He took her to Edmonton, and turned her out on the streets." The pimp moved her to Victoria along with a couple of other girls, and Cheri's phone calls stopped. A few weeks later, the police arrived at their door.

Bringing an End to Teenage Sexual Trafficking - Part 4

Senator Mobina Jaffer | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Senator Mobina Jaffer

The breakthrough cases where traffickers have been sent to jail, send ripples and will continue to send ripples through the red light district in Kolkata and through the justice system in India. These ripples are starting to change attitudes and beliefs regarding the acceptability of human trafficking in India. The more traffickers we can hold to account, the more they will realize that they cannot continue trafficking within India.

Hold Sex Traffickers Accountable For The Lives They Destroy

Senator Mobina Jaffer | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Senator Mobina Jaffer

When I met with the girls, it was as if I was meeting with young girls anywhere in the world. We all sat down on the floor in a circle and they would ask me questions and I in turn would ask them questions. Their questions were like questions my own daughter has asked me... about clothes, food, Bollywood movies and popular songs. I nearly forgot what these girls had been through, what they had experienced.

Why I Am Committed to Ending Teenage Sex Trafficking

Senator Mobina Jaffer | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Senator Mobina Jaffer

Teenage sex trafficking is a worldwide problem and therefore all governments need to be involved. That is why I believe I need to be involved as a law maker from Canada. I need to do my share in raising awareness of trafficking of children and being a force in changing Canadian laws so that we can help those abroad.

Journey to Kolkata: Bringing an End to Teenage Sex Trafficking

Senator Mobina Jaffer | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Senator Mobina Jaffer

International Justice Mission Canada, in partnership with the U.S.-based International Justice Mission (IJM), is a human rights organization that secures justice for victims of slavery, sexual exploitation, and other forms of violent oppression. More specifically, IJM focuses on forced labour, slavery, illegal property seizure, sexual violence, sex trafficking, illegal detention, and citizenship documentation. IJM does great work. Their team of lawyers, investigators and aftercare professionals work with local officials to ensure that victims are rescued immediately, that perpetrators are persecuted, that victims have access to support and resources following a rescue, and that the public justice systems (police, courts, and laws) effectively protect the poor.

Hey NDP, Canada Is Doing Plenty to Combat Human Trafficking

Joy Smith, M.P. | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Politics
Joy Smith, M.P.

Earlier this month, NDP MP Nikki Ashton, in a post criticizing the Canadian government for its apparent lack of action on human trafficking, revealed she was shocked to learn over the summer that First Nations women were being trafficked for sex. I am hardly surprised that Ms. Ashton is oblivious to the significant work that Canada's government has done to combat human trafficking as she admitted her lack of awareness of the sex trafficking of Aboriginal women and children until just two months ago. The gaping hole in Ms. Ashton's statement is the absence of any acknowledgement of the National Action Plan to Combat Human Trafficking that Canada developed and launched on June 6, 2012.

Why Sharing Your Story is the Best Way to Change the World

Erin Giles | Posted 11.25.2013 | Canada Impact
Erin Giles

If we are going to impact the world for the better, we must tell our stories. In fact it's the most important story we can tell. Your story has the power to change misconstrued perceptions, ritualistic rules and most of all the world for the better.