Rotary Film Event – Human Trafficking

September 22, 2022 @ 6:30 pm
Rotary Film Event - Human Trafficking @ THE BOOKSHELF, GUELPH.
HUMAN TRAFFICKING – CANADA’S SECRET SHAME, created by the Joy Smith Foundation (Canada), followed by a panel discussion with those working directly with sex trafficked victims in our community.

Our three panelists- Luisa Krause, Executive Director of Elora House, Pastor Kevin Coghill, Executive Director of Royal City Mission, and Dan Connelly, Human Trafficking Liaison with Guelph Police Services – are immersed in the areas of outreach to sex trafficked victims, rescue and rehabilitation, and law enforcement and crime prevention.

This is the third public event of the Rotary Eliminating Human Trafficking Committee’s initiative to raise awareness of this crisis in our communities, and to mobilize action, “See Something. Say Something.”

Recent Rotary initiatives include a public on-line speaker series, and a partnership launch the end of July 2022 with the City of Guelph and Hammond Power Solutions as organization partners spearheading policies and practices to eliminate sex trafficking in our community, and in communities throughout Canada and beyond.

Human trafficking, often described as modern-day slavery, is defined by Public Safety Canada (PSC) as \"the recruitment, transportation, harbouring and/or exercising control, direction or influence over the movements of a person in order to exploit that person, typically through sexual exploitation or forced labour.” It’s shocking to think that the average age of entry into sex trafficking in Canada is 12-14 years of age.

Having become immersed in understanding the magnitude and methods of human trafficking, Committee members were deeply alarmed to learn that 65% of human trafficking in Canada takes place in Ontario, with most occurring in Southern Ontario throughout the Highway 401 corridor. Co-chairs Lise Burcher and Deb Allen indicated that, “with perpetrators profiting annually on each victim in the range of $280,000, and with victim grooming and coercion growing with the increased reliance on on-line communication with youth throughout the pandemic, the increase in the number of victims of this heinous crime over the past few years has grown dramatically.” “This truly is happening in our backyards and very few in our community are aware of this crisis”, said Lise.

Human Trafficking is happening right here in Guelph.

For more information please contact Lise Burcher ([email protected] ), or Deb Allen ([email protected]), Co-chairs Rotary Eliminate Human Trafficking (EHT) Committee.

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