What Is Human Trafficking?

What Is Human Trafficking?

According to the Government of Ontario (2014), “human trafficking means the recruiting, transporting, transferring, receiving, holding, concealing, harbouring, or exercising control, direction or influence over the movement of a person for the purpose of exploiting them or facilitating their exploitation”.

Some of the elements of human trafficking include:

  • Recruiting
  • Transporting
  • Receiving goods
  • Holding (including withholding documents)
  • Exercising control, direction or influence: over the movements of a person for the purpose of exploiting them or facilitating their exploitation for the purpose of material benefit
  • It can include any type of work, service, or employment
  • Any type of person can be trafficked regardless of age, gender, nationality, or religion
  • No one can consent to being trafficked especially if consent is obtained through use of threat, force, coercion, or deception
  • Consent from a person under the age of 18 is completely irrelevant

Human Trafficking contains three (3) major elements:

  • Control
  • Exploitation
  • Threats to their Safety (Fear)

 

Reference

Government of Ontario (2014). Helping trafficked persons: Resource handbook for service providers. Online Training Initiative to Address Human Trafficking. 1-116.

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