Human trafficking exists in two main forms here in Canada:
- Sex trafficking – prostitution, massage parlours, stripping
- Forced labour – nannies, live-in caregivers, agricultural or construction work
- Canadian victims are often recruited by male peers. Vulnerable internationals are coerced into prostitution in Canada.
- A number of organized crime syndicates and family based networks recruit girls to be trafficked between provinces.
- Victims are controlled by direct (rape, assault) and indirect (threats) forms of coercion.
- Reliable information about the scale and prevalence of prostitution-related activities, the trafficking of human beings, and the involvement of organized crime in Canada is still difficult to obtain.
The Numbers: At Home & Abroad
- 12-14 years Average age of entry into the sex trade in Canada.
- $280 000 Average annual profit from a victim of sex trafficking in Canada.
- $300-$1500 Range of daily earnings off of one victim. Traffickers keep the money.
- 93% of Canada’s sex trafficking victims were born in Canada.
- 50% of sex trafficking victims in Canada are Indigenous.
- 20-30 million The number of women, men and children estimated to be trapped in slavery around the world.
- 600 000-800 000 People trafficked across international borders annually.
- $90 Global average cost of a slave today.
If you suspect someone you know is being trafficked please contact the Human Trafficking National Crisis Line 1.866.528.7109 or Crime Stoppers 1.800.222.8477. In Manitoba contact 1.844.333.2211.