Human Trafficking, also known as Modern Day Slavery, involves the recruitment, transportation, or harbouring of persons for the purpose of exploitation, typically in the sex trade or forced labour.
According to the United Nations, human trafficking is the fastest growing and third most lucrative criminal enterprise globally with annual profits as high as $36 billion per year. It is estimated that there are 30 million people enslaved through sexual exploitation or forced labour worldwide.
Human trafficking may occur across or within borders, and can involve extensive organized crime networks. Traffickers use various methods to maintain control over their victims, including physical violence, sexual assault, and emotional abuse. Victims may face severe consequences if they refuse to comply or attempt to escape. Traffickers clearly violate the basic human rights of their victims. This is a crime that reaches all elements of our society.
Human Trafficking is Modern Day Slavery, and there are more slaves today in our world than ever before in history.
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.