World Day Against Trafficking in Persons, July 30

2021 World Day Against Trafficking in Persons (1)

Thousands of vulnerable men, women and children fall prey to traffickers in their own  country or become a victim of international racket of human trafficking. Trafficking in  persons is a heinous crime and violation of human rights. It involves the recruiting,  transporting, transferring, receiving, holding, concealing, harbouring as well as exercise  of control over the movements of a person, in order to exploit.

Although many parts of the world came to a standstill, the COVID pandemic did not  slow down human trafficking. Canada and almost all the countries around the world  have seen a rise in trafficking cases during the COVID-19 lockdown. Loss of jobs, income and increased amount of time on social networking sites has made easy access  to targeting and exploitation of both adults and children. Systems failed to provide  necessary protection to the victims and the survivors due to the limited access to  essential services during the pandemic. In Canada, 119 new cases were identified and  reported by police in 2019, up 44% from the previous years. Majority of victims are  women, youth, indigenous peoples and LGBTQS+ members that are vulnerable to such  crimes.

 2020 Trafficking in Persons Report: Canada

United Nations observes July 30th as World Day Against Trafficking in Persons to create  global awareness about the issue. In 2019, the government of Canada announced the  National Strategy to Combat Human Trafficking, a five-year plan to address human  trafficking in Canada and internationally. Creating awareness against such crimes,  protecting victims, and potential victims, collaborating and coordinating to identify, and  prosecute human trafficking cases will strengthen the efforts to keep the vulnerable  secure. Till then the Blue Heart, a campaign by UN, will remind us of sadness of the  victims and the cold heartedness of the perpetrators. Every Canadian needs to challenge and speak out against this inhuman trade of buying and selling of fellow  humans for personal gain. 


Trafficking in Persons in Canada, 2018; 

COVID-19 and Crime: The Impact of the Pandemic on Human Trafficking;  

2020 Trafficking in Persons Report: Canada 

Facts and Myths about Human Trafficking