It is quintessential that Canada have a National Action Plan to Combat Human Trafficking. According to the US Department of State’s 2008 Trafficking in Persons Report, Canada is a source, transit, and destination country for human trafficking.
The RCMP estimates that 600-800 persons are trafficked into Canada annually, predominantly for sexual purposes, and that an additional 1,500-2,200 persons are trafficked through Canada into the United States.
Women, children, and men have been identified as victims of trafficking in Canada according to the US Department of State’s 2006 Trafficking in Persons Report.
While there is no reliable data on the number of persons trafficked within Canada, Aboriginal women are disproportionately affected according to the 2007 Report of the Standing Committee on the Status of Women.
Girls as young as 12 are trafficked in Canada for sexual purposes according to Criminal Intelligence Service Canada’s 2008 Strategic Intelligence Brief, Organized Crime and Domestic Trafficking in Persons in Canada.
As stated by a leading anti-human trafficking voice, MP Joy Smith:
"The complex and clandestine nature of trafficking in persons and the rapidly increasing occurrence of this crime demands a comprehensive, multi-faceted approach that draws together the existing frameworks, stakeholders, and agencies. I am convinced a Canadian National Action Plan to Combat Human Trafficking would address the challenges raised by implementing an integrated, targeted response to human trafficking. Such an approach would include benchmarks and measurable targets to ensure that continued progress is made."
Please sign the petition to ensure that Canada takes a comprehensive and national stance to combat human trafficking!
WE THE UNDERSIGNED CITIZENS OF CANADA, draw attention to the House to the following:
WHEREAS Canada is regarded as a source, transit, and destination country for victims of human trafficking;
WHEREAS a strategic intelligence brief by the Criminal Intelligence Service of Canada found that females aged 12-25 are recruited in Canada and trafficked inter and intra-provincially;
WHEREAS an RCMP study found that key groups of Canadian youth, including those from First Nations communities, were susceptible to becoming victims of sex trafficking;
AND WHEREAS it is the duty of Parliament to protect the most vulnerable members of society from harm, those being the victims of Human Trafficking;
THEREFORE your petitioners request the Government develop and implement a comprehensive national action plan to combat human trafficking.
The Support for a National Action Plan to Combat Human Trafficking in CANADA petition to Parliament of Canada was written by JJ Honasan and is in the category National Affairs at GoPetition.