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A Global Problem

Posted by Sophie-Host 06-11-08Comments 0

“Virtually every city and small town in Canada has been affected or used as a place for child trafficking, every city has its own kiddy circuit in some way or another.” Susan Straga – Canadian National Coalition of Experiential Women

The Internal Trafficking of girls and young women into the sex industry is not just a problem that is confined to the UK. In Canada, internal trafficking is a problem that particularly affects women and children from Aboriginal (also called First Nation) communities. The victims often come from Northern Aboriginal reserves in British Columbia, the Prairies, and Québec but youth runaways or otherwise isolated poor women from anywhere in Canada are vulnerable to trafficking.

The difficult socio-economic situation of Aboriginal people finds reflection in the fact that a majority of people trafficked within Canada are Aboriginal women and children. Children constitute the most vulnerable population and they are also the most difficult to reach to educate them about how to recognise the danger signs and where to turn to for help.

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) has made a conservative estimate that between 1,500 and 2,200 people are trafficked from Canada into the US each year. Although most victims are thought to be women between the ages of 20 and 40, many victims are under 18, with some as young as 7 years old in cases involving Aboriginal youth.

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