Human trafficking is happening in cities and towns across our country. Every day, at-risk youth and adults are manipulated and forced to participate in the sex trade or labour market. What starts as a seemingly innocent conversation online or in real life can quickly turn into something sinister that affects lives forever.
It can happen anywhere at anytime. Less than a kilometre from where you live today, someone is being trafficked.
The more we know and understand about human trafficking, the more we can do to stop it.
Education is our greatest weapon in the prevention of human trafficking. When we know who is most vulnerable and the signs to watch for, we can all take steps to prevent it from happening.
Everyone plays a role in prevention. Working together we can prevent human trafficking in communities across Canada.
I’m really glad the Joy Smith Foundation presented to my students. There were 5 students in my classroom I was worried about. It opened up discussion and it was well received by the students. One of the students came up to me to say that she was breaking off with her boyfriend because of the presentation. Her boyfriend was making very inappropriate requests of her.
--Teacher, Grade 9
We provide education, intervention, and prevention programs.
The Joy Smith Foundation is Canada's leading authority on the prevention and intervention of human trafficking. Through strengthened criminal laws, enhanced community awareness and compassionate support for survivors , we’ve made a real difference for people from across the country.
We believe that we can prevent more youth and at-risk adults from being exploited. Predators shouldn’t be the only ones who recognize who is most vulnerable to their malicious tactics.
The more we know and understand about human trafficking, the more we can do to prevent it.