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Anti-human trafficking efforts in Canada: Aboriginal girls remain forgotten
- Human trafficking bill will not be enforced during the Olympics
2010 Vancouver Olympics is exciting people as it is scheduled to be held in Feb. 2010. While the Canadian government and sports fans are ecstatic about the event, many of anti-human trafficking advocates raise their concerns over the risk of increasing sex trafficking during the world event.
Human trafficking in Canada:
A research states that many become trafficking victims in Canada through “student visa, domestic workers, and other forms of legal visas.” However, their ultimate destination is often the United States, the world’s largest market for prostitution. Many of them, once entering the Canadian soil, are smuggled into the U.S. Such process is executed by the organized crimes. Organized crimes including, 14K traid, snakeheads, and Vietnamese gang maintain tightly organized structure amongst each other.  They are involved in “recruitment, document forgery, transport, and employment.” through subcontractors.  The organized criminals purchase individual smugglers the fee between $5000 and $15000 “for every person smuggled into the U.S. successfully.”  If they are not smuggled into the U.S., they are preyed in numerous brothels and massage parlors located in Toronto. The victims are also exploited in brothels and massage parlors in Canada, if not transported to the U.S. A research by Dr. Donna Hough stated that the strip clubs in Canada are heavily rely on the trafficked girls from abroad for workforces.
The Canadian government’s response
Canada has demonstrated some efforts to fight against human trafficking through brothel raids. As a result it made a few arrests and deported some people involved in trafficking. Nevertheless, the country has neither implemented a minimum sentence for child traffickers nor the rehabilitation programs for the victims. However, because of the country’s lack of minimum sentence imposed on the traffickers, a trafficker ended up spending only a week in jail for pimping on four teenagers for prostitution. In addition, instead of supporting the initiative against human trafficking, the Canadian prime minister jeopardized the movement by calling for prorogation prior to the Olympics. Though the reason behind the prorogation was irrelevant to human trafficking issue and the bill will survive after the Olympics, it does not change the fact that it will certainly be ineffective during the Olympics.
Canadians are taking actions
If Supply of human trafficking victims is difficult to cease, then one can always consider attacking demand side of the trafficking victims by not purchasing sex. Canadians, getting tired of sitting back and watching, are therefore taking action against these human trafficking syndicate’s conspiracy to exploit innocent victims during the Olympics. Buying Sex is not Sports, is one of the Campaigns, which is executed by the nonprofits. The scholars and advocates are getting together to open panels before the Olympics to raise the awareness among the Canadian public. They are also selling shirts and buttons to campaign against sex trafficking during the Olympics.
To check out more on human trafficking in Canada:
MP Joy Smith website
Canada fights human trafficking
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