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Understanding Children and Youth Who Have Been Sex Trafficked
22 April @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Human trafficking (HT) is a crime and human rights abuse that’s sometimes called “modern day slavery.” Some people think of human trafficking as an international crime but it is happening here in Ontario, for both sexual and labour exploitation.
Jennifer Richardson, Director with the Provincial Anti-Human Trafficking Coordination Office with the Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services, will guide learners through a brief description of human trafficking, the culture of the sex trade, the differences between familial/third party sexual abuse and Human Trafficking, an assessment framework to understand the signs, and some best care practices for children and youth.
This presentation will benefit human services professionals who work with people at risk of sex trafficking:
• Most people who are trafficked for sex are women and girls, but boys, men and people who are LGBTQI2S are also targeted;
• The age of recruitment is as low as 12 or 13;
• Homeless and marginalized youth are targeted by sex traffickers;
• Youth who struggle with low self-esteem, bullying, discrimination, poverty, abuse, isolation and other social or family issues may be targeted;
• Indigenous women and girls are especially likely to be trafficked. • Addiction, mental health issues and developmental disabilities are also risk factors.