Human trafficking is just not an issue at Canada’s border but also in regional areas. Rather than cross country human trafficking, this is domestic human trafficking. Women are lured into it without their knowledge by traffickers who pretend to be lovers. They talk with the women, gain their trust and affection, and make them do things. Before the women realize what they are doing, the situation has already gotten out of hand.
Nicky Carswell, support worker, Sexual Assault Support Centre of Waterloo region, calls it the boyfriend effect. She said that more than 69 percent of human trafficking cases occur in Ontario. Most of happens on Highway 401 and the Queen Elizabeth Way since it the paths have a lot of hotels. And since Waterloo is very close to these two, a lot of activity happens there. Carswell also briefed about the new anti-human trafficking program started by Sexual Assault Support Centre. It is open to all genders for people 14 years old or older. Immigration status isn’t an eligibility criterion to utilize this free program.
According to Carswell, the program literally hugs out all the problems. She said that after learning about the program, many people have come ahead and wanted to be a part of it. And surprisingly, Carswell isn’t surprised that so many people have come forward because she expected that to happen. It is unfortunate looking a large number of people are growing through it. Since the service is confidential, people trust the program and open for a change.
Who can benefit from this program?
The program is open to all from those at high risk of human trafficking to those going through it and also suffered from it. It surely helps for the people who are having a high risk of human trafficking. There are short-term and long-term programs as well as help to find accommodation and legal assistance.