Task Force on Trafficking of Women and Girls in Canada

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HUMAN TRAFFICKING girl-mainTrafficking of girls and women is illegal, a human rights violation and an extreme form of violence against women. The solutions to end sex trafficking of girls and women are intrinsically linked to all of our key priorities: helping women transition out of poverty; ending violence against women; building strong, resilient girls; and public education and advocacy.

The Canadian Women’s Foundation is investing nearly $2 million over three years to provide funding to organizations, conduct research and bring together experts on the Task Force on Trafficking of Women and Girls in Canada.

Human trafficking in Canada has become a significant legal and political issue, and Canadian legislators have been criticized for having failed to deal with the problem in a more systematic way. British Columbia’s Office to Combat Trafficking in Persons formed in 2007, making British Columbia the first province of Canada to address human trafficking in a formal manner.

canada human traffickingThe biggest human trafficking case in Canadian history surrounded the dismantling of the Domotor-Kolompar criminal organization.

On June 6, 2012, the Government of Canada established the National Action Plan to Combat Human Trafficking in order to oppose human trafficking. The Human Trafficking Taskforce was established in June 2012 to replace the Interdepartmental Working Group on Trafficking in Persons as the body responsible for the development of public policy related to human trafficking in Canada.

The Domotor-Kolompar criminal organization (also called the Domotor family crime group) was a Canadian human trafficking ring that was dismantled in the biggest human trafficking case in Canadian history. This crime family from Pápa, Hungary moved to Canada en masse and applied for refugee status. The organization was composed of an extended Romani family, and they settled in Hamilton, Ontario. They lured people from Pápa to Hamilton and then used them for the purpose of unfree labour, forcing them to do construction work without paying them. The Royal Canadian Mounted Police issued approximately 60 charges against members of the organization.

Ferenc Domotor, the leader of the organization, was arrested on October 9, 2010 and charged with fraud and human trafficking. Nine members pleaded guilty to charges of human trafficking, and 17 members were convicted of related offences. Gyula Domotor, the man with the second highest position in the organization, received a seven-and-a-half-year prison sentence, the harshest sentence anyone had ever received in Canada for human trafficking until that point. Then, Ferenc Domotor received a 9-year prison sentence. Michael Csoke of the Hamilton Police Fugitive Apprehension Unit, who was part of the initial investigation into the organization’s activities, criticized Canada’s immigration laws for being so lax as to allow the Domotors and the Kolompars into the country.

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CWF_LOGO_RGBThe Canadian Women’s Foundation is taking leadership on trafficking with the launch of the Task Force on Trafficking of Women and Girls in Canada ~ An initiative of Canadian Women’s Foundation.

To inform the scope of the Task Force on Trafficking of Women and Girls in Canada, the Canadian Women’s Foundation conducted consultations in eight cities with over 160 organizations and 75 women/survivors of sex trafficking.

The Canadian Women’s Foundation will invest $1.92 million over three years to provide funding to organizations, conduct research and bring together experts to develop a National Human Trafficking Strategy that addresses issues and solutions in six priority areas:

  • Service needs and gaps for trafficked and sexually exploited women and girls
  • Public awareness and prevention strategies
  • Relevant Legal and policy issues
  • Sector capacity building and training
  • Government policy and funding
  • Philanthropic strategy

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“It’s very easy to side with the perpetrator, all they ask from us is our silence.”

Judith Herman, author of Trauma and Recovery

Because of unique factors within each country and the many forms of human trafficking, there is no ‘one-size-fits-all’ solution. Eliminating human trafficking requires focused and serious action by countries of origin, transit or destination, by international organizations, and by individuals within communities where slavery exists.

The good news is that each of us can play a part in combating modern-day slavery, whether directly or indirectly, in our daily lives. By coming to this site, you have already proven that you want to learn the facts and become aware of the issues, or are looking for a deeper understanding. You are on your way to becoming an educated and active abolitionist.

There are amazing individuals who are putting time and effort into combating modern-day slavery domestically and internationally in their communities, while others travel across international borders. Depending on your available time, resources, and priorities, decide what you are willing to do and Take Action now.

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