Quick Links To MYC National Communications on Human Trafficking:
Public Safety Canada defines human trafficking as “the recruitment, transportation, harbouring and/or exercising control, direction or influence over the movements of a person in order to exploit that person, typically through sexual exploitation or forced labor.” The victims of this crime are taken away from their homes and/or lives and forced to give their labour or sexual services for the direct profit of their perpetrators.
Human trafficking, considered the most modern form of slavery, has become an enormous social justice issue both in Canada and around the world. In fact, it is an issue that respects no border and one quickly finds that the issue is not only worldwide but also globally interconnected.
Human Trafficking in Canada:
The extent of human trafficking within Canada is difficult to track and quantify due to the fact that there is so much secrecy surrounding the crime, both on the part of the perpetrators as well as of the victims. The RCMP has estimated that 6000-8000 people are trafficked into Canada annually, and that 1500-2200 are trafficked through Canada into the United States. The victims, usually women and children, tend to be people who are socially or economically disadvantaged in some way such as Aboriginal women, youth and children, migrants and new immigrants, and teenaged runaways, who are taken away from their homes and/or lives, and forced to give their labour or sexual services for the direct profit of their perpetrators.
Canada has increased its efforts to combat Human Trafficking in recent years. It wasn’t until British Columbia formed the Office to Combat Trafficking in Persons in 2007 that one of the Provinces addressed this issue in a formal manner. A vital step was taken in June 2012, when the Government of Canada established the National Action Plan to Combat Human Trafficking.
100 Huntley Street: Human Trafficking in Canada:
“The Flesh Trade” Documentary Series by Globe TV
Joy Smith, C-268, C-310:
A modern day “Wilberforce”, Joy Smith has been a leading voice fighting sex trafficking from within the Parliament of Canada throughout the past decade. She will go down in Canadian history as the first and only Parliamentarian in Canada (to date) to have two Private Member’s bills adopted that amend the Criminal Code, outlined below. Joy has become a close friend of MY Canada having worked together on both bills. Her commitment to helping fight this crime is evident in that she chose not to run for re-election in 2015, sensing that she would have an even greater impact for this cause outside of Parliament. Joy Smith deserves to be recognized for her efforts and achievements against sex trafficking in Canada.
C-268 – This bill, passed in September 2009, amends the Criminal Code “to include a minimum punishment of imprisonment for a term of five years for offences involving trafficking of persons under the age of eighteen years.” Before this, there was a maximum sentence for trafficking children in the country but no minimum.
C-310 – Bill C-310 “amends the Criminal Code to add the offence of trafficking in persons to the offences committed outside Canada for which Canadian citizens or permanent residents may be prosecuted in Canada.” In other words, this allows Canadian citizens who are convicted of committing sex trafficking offences outside of Canada to be prosecuted at home. It passed in April 2012.
Links To Related Articles:
February 14th, 2017 – Montreal Gazette – RCMP educates future educators on dangers of human trafficking
January 17th, 2017 – CBC – Thunder Bay Police charge two with human trafficking
December 13th, 2015 – CTV News – Report calls Ontario ‘major hub’ for human trafficking, sexual violence
November 2oth, 2015 – CTV News – Charges laid after girl, 13, escapes captors forcing her to work in sex trade
October 22nd, 2015 – CTV News – Cross-border human trafficking investigation leads to 197 arrests
November 14th, 2013 – NBC News – Nearly 400 children rescued and 348 adults arrested in Canadian child pornography bust
Government of Canada – National Action Plan to Combat Human Trafficking
Public Safety Canada – Human Trafficking
Canadian Women’s Society – The Facts About Sex Trafficking in Canada
What You Can Do:
1 – PRAY: Please join us in praying the following regarding this issue:
Rescues: Pray that there would be supernatural rescues of victims presently in bondage within the human trafficking industry; that lives would be delivered, and that these victims would be reunited with their families.
Psalm 146:7 – Who executes justice for the oppressed, who gives food to the hungry. The Lord sets the prisoners free.
Psalm 107:14 – He brought them out of darkness and the shadow of death, and burst their bonds apart.
Restoration: Pray for the complete restoration of those victims who have been rescued and are overcoming the trauma of being used in trafficking, physically, spiritually and mentally through encounters with Jesus.
Traffickers: Pray that the perpetrators would have divine Saul-to-Paul experiences through which they would repent and be saved, their lives would be transformed, and they would become involved in helping to dismantle the very human trafficking rings they previously instigated.
Government/Leaders: Pray for the government and other organizations involved in the making of laws and social services, that they would have divine wisdom and discernment in how best to resolve the issue of human trafficking in Canadian cities and how to care for victims who are rescued from the industry.
Police Services: Pray that the steps of investigators and police services would be ordered by God as they fight human trafficking; that they would find themselves in the rights places at the right times in which to apprehend perpetrators and save victims.
2 – CONTACT: Please visit Joy Smith’s website (below) and stay up-to-date on her fight against human trafficking and consider sending a message of thanks and encouragement. Phone: 204-691-2455