Fighting Human Trafficking In Ontario
As part of Ontario's multi-pronged approach to fight human trafficking including sexual exploitation, the government will immediately launch a number of initiatives to enhance our ability to prevent victimization, enforce human trafficking laws, vigorously prosecute alleged offenders and ensure victims have the supports and services they need to begin the healing process.
These projects are the building blocks for a long-term strategy to address human trafficking in Ontario, which will be developed in consultation with members of the justice and victim services communities, and experts from across the province, over the coming months.
- Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) will launch a special operation to gather intelligence to help identify organized crime groups involved in human trafficking.
- OPP will also develop human trafficking education materials to raise awareness among front line officers and the public.
- Peel Regional Police will add additional shifts to the Vice Unit section of its Major Drug and Vice Unit.These officers will work to rescue vulnerable youth in crisis, charge alleged offenders and support victims of human trafficking through the court process.
- Toronto Police Service will intensify its enforcement activity against human traffickers and increase its coordination with victim support organizations.
- Two Crown attorneys have been identified to act as human trafficking specialists to provide expertise and advice on human trafficking prosecutions and policy to police, victim services and other Crowns. This collaborative approach will help police officers focus their investigation and build stronger cases. The expertise of both specialists will be available to Crowns throughout Ontario.
- In partnership with the Ontario government, Peel Regional Police will launch an awareness campaign in multiple languages to increase awareness about human trafficking and help victims.
- Ontario will provide support for Walk with Me, a provincial anti-human trafficking organization, to pilot a first response model tailored to victims of human trafficking.
- With the support of the province, the Ontario Native Women's Association will establish drop-in services in Thunder Bay for Aboriginal women trafficked into the sex trade.
- A London anti-human trafficking coalition will receive funding to develop specialized materials to help service providers identify victims and improve their access to local supports and services.
- The province will fund The Sexual Assault/Rape Crisis Centre of Peel to develop in-depth training and resource materials for delivery to front-line victim services providers.
- The Windsor-Essex Anti-Human Trafficking Action Group will be funded to develop outreach materials and workshops for victims.
- Ontario will fund Persons Against the Crime of Trafficking (PACT), Ottawa's Coalition to End Human Trafficking, to develop an integrated community response protocol, build the coalition network and develop accessible online resources for victims of trafficking and service providers, available in both English and French.
- Ontario will fund the Sarnia-Lambton Committee Against the Trafficking of Women and Children to develop the tools necessary to build coordinated community responses to better support victims.
- The province will work with stakeholders to develop a crisis line, available 24-hours a day, seven days a week, for victims of human trafficking who have been exploited for the purposes of commercial sex and forced labour. This crisis line is expected to be available in the spring of 2011.
The Ontario government is also establishing a human trafficking advisory committee to provide advice and support for future programs and initiatives, including training for service providers, to fight human trafficking and support the unique needs of victims.The committee will be made up of representatives of police services, victim services providers, survivors and experts on human trafficking.