"You may choose to look the other way, but you can never again say that you did not know."

– William Wilberforce (British Parliamentarian and leader of the campaign to abolish the Atlantic slave trade in the late eighteenth century)

Our Mission

The Joy Smith Foundation works to ensure that every Canadian man, woman and child is safe from manipulation, force, or abuse of power designed to lure and exploit them into the sex trade or forced labour. This is achieved through educating the public, and providing funds and support to front-line organizations that rescue and rehabilitate victims.

Working together to end Human Trafficking

What Is Human Trafficking?

What Is Human Trafficking

Human Trafficking, also known as Modern Day Slavery, is the recruitment, transportation, or harbouring of persons for the purpose of exploitation, typically in the sex trade or forced labour. It is the fastest growing and second most lucrative criminal enterprise globally. Young girls and boys are taken from Canadian streets and sold abroad.

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Timea Nagy
Before her 20th birthday, Timea made what was to become an extraordinary and life-changing decision to visit and work in Canada for the summer of 1998 to earn extra income during a lull in the music video production market. She answered...

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"Joy Smith is Canada's leading anti-Human Trafficking activist and one of Canada's heroes - through her heavy lifting, she put Human Trafficking on the national radar screen. Because of Joy Smith, Canadians can no longer say they didn't know Human Trafficking was occurring in Canada". - Frank O'Dea, Second Cup co-founder, Order of Canada recipient.