Supporting Survivors of Human Trafficking
After a year-long intensive community scan, dialoguing with our League sisters in the GTA and North America, bringing in speakers to educate and raise awareness amongst our members and within the community, the JLHB recently adopted a new community focus area - Supporting Survivors of Human Trafficking.
Human Trafficking is a modern-day form of slavery and has become a major concern in the Hamilton/Burlington community and throughout Southwestern Ontario. Traffickers maintain control over their victims through manipulation, threats, and / or the abuse of trust and power. Victims may be trafficked by someone they know or in some cases, connection is made through social media with a gradual, well executed plan to distance the victim from family and friends.
Anyone can be a target for human trafficking for the purposes of sex or forced labour. In Canada, women and girls from 13-24 are at greatest risk, as well as Indigenous women and girls, new immigrants, children in the child welfare system, persons living with disabilities, LGBTQ2 persons, and those struggling socially and/or financially.
We are excited to be starting on our journey, helping to address the critical issue of Human Trafficking challenging our communities today.