“Sex trafficking is happening in our communities, to our children and often right in front of us. Yet many times, the signs go unnoticed by those in the best position to help. Survivors told us they often didn’t understand what was happening to them or know where to turn for help. And the barriers to exiting sex trafficking once someone is entrenched are enormous” (Covenant House Toronto, 2021).
Labour traffickers – including recruiters, contractors, employers, and others – use violence, threats, lies, debt bondage, or other forms of coercion to force people to work against their will in many different industries.
Vulnerable populations, like foreign nationals, LGBTQ2S persons and homeless youth are more often targeted by traffickers. In Canada, precarious immigration status, recruitment debt, isolation, language barriers, and poverty can create vulnerabilities traffickers exploit.