Human Trafficking and the Ontario Government’s Response. Ministry of Children Community & Social Services.
Human trafficking is one of the fastest-growing crimes worldwide. Young women and girls are particularly at risk, though boys, men and people who identify as 2SLGBTQ+ are also targeted. The average age of recruitment into sex trafficking is 13 years old. Over 70% of human trafficking victims identified by police are under the age of 25. Approximately two-thirds of police-reported human trafficking cases in Canada occur in Ontario.
Ontario is investing $307 million from 2020 to 2025 on a new anti-human trafficking strategy. Ontario’s plan represents the largest total investment in dedicated anti-human trafficking supports and services in Canada. Indigenous-specific resources are embedded throughout Ontario’s anti-human trafficking strategy. These resources include supports for Indigenous children and youth in care and leaving care, and Indigenous-led supports for survivors and at-risk youth.
Prevention is the key to stopping trafficking. Talk to youth about the dangers of unhealthy relationships. Parents need to be aware of the friends their children associate with. Spread the word.
For more information, visit these Government of Ontario web sites.
- Ontario’s Anti-Human Trafficking Strategy 2020-2025
- Ontario releases a comprehensive strategy to combat human trafficking
- Ontario strengthens supports for human trafficking victims and survivors
- Ontario launches new tools to help prevent human trafficking
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