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Human trafficking explored in session

Fort Macleod residents will explore a growing world issue Wednesday, Oct. 10.
Human trafficking is the topic of a free session from 6:30–8:30 p.m. at the Lethbridge College campus in Fort Macleod.
Willow Creek Community Adult Learning Society is offering the session in partnership with Fort Macleod Family and Community Support Services.
Adult learning co-ordinator Kate Glover said the FCSS office was approached by someone interested in seeing a discussion on human trafficking hosted in Fort Macleod.
Human trafficking has an estimated annual global market worth of $42.5-billion according to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime and the Council of Europe.
There are an estimated 12.3-million victims of trafficking world-wide.
Seventy per cent of identified human trafficking victims are exploited sexually.
Thirty per cent of human traffickings cases involve labour exploitation.
Eighty per cent of identified human trafficking victims are female.
Fifty per cent of identified human trafficking victims are children.
Canada prohibits all forms of human trafficking. Transnational human trafficking is prohibited by Canada’s Immigration and Refugee Protection Act.
In 2006, Citizenship and Immigration Canada created a temporary resident permit for international victims of human trafficking.
The permit provides access to health care, a work permit and also allows trafficked persons to receive income support benefits in Alberta.
It is difficult to calculate with precision the scope of this crime in Canada.
According to the US State Department Report on Trafficking in Persons, Canada is a source, destination and transit point for victims of trafficking.
Trafficked persons may be in Canada legally or illegally, may be male or female and may come from any part of the world, including Canada.
Aboriginal girls and women are at particular risk of being trafficked.

1 Comments For This Post

  1. Garrett de Koning Says:

    It is very big in the fruit growing areas and if they step out of line the families in the home country pay the price and a lot of times that is death. The trafficers are ruthless have no mercy all they want is money nothing else matters. It is of growing concern world wide and politicians are involved as if they weren’t it would never have grown to the extent it has. I have seen it in many countries.