Last night in Westport there was an information night held at the Westport Free Methodist Church about Human Trafficking. Like many, I naively believed that human trafficking was a problem mainly centred around larger metropolitan areas. Boy was I wrong! It’s a problem that can affect small rural communities as well and the Leeds & Grenville Human Trafficking Coalition brought some really startling scenarios and information to the group of about 60 people who attended the event.
There are some startling facts to consider:
- 91% of trafficked persons in Canada are from Canada
- 98% of trafficked persons are women
- An estimated 16,000 Canadians are being trafficked in Canada
- 63% are between the ages of 15 and 24 years old
If you believe you’ve observed a situation where a person (or persons) is being trafficked, please listen to your instincts and contact someone that might be able to help. The more we work together as a community to be informed and to truly listen to each other, the greater the chance we have at slowing or even stopping these things from happening.
For more information, please contact Victim Services of Leeds & Grenville via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 1-800-939-7682.