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Six National Task Force Reports

1. “NO MORE” Ending Sex Trafficking in Canada
Final Report of the National Task Force on Sex Trafficking of Women and Girls in Canada Fall 2014

This ground breaking, final report of the Task Force’s 24 Experts is the culmination of over 18 months of in-depth, cross Canada, consultations with representatives of over 260 organizations providing services to Survivors, 20 Canadian and international experts and, most importantly, over 160 Survivors of sex trafficking and/or sexual exploitation. The report focuses its findings and related 34 recommendations in the areas of changing systems, prevention and training programs, supports for women and girls, building public education and awareness and building avenues for collective action including possible philanthropic strategies.Download full report

2. We need to find our voices and say “NO MORE” Report from the National Experiential Women’s Roundtable December 5th and 6th 2013

This provocative report summarizes the actual testimony of 20 Survivors provided at the National Experiential Women’s Roundtable, hosted on December 5th and 6th, 2013 by the Task Force on Trafficking of Women and Girls in Canada. The report provides the roundtable findings expressed in the direct quotes of the 20 Experiential Women who participated and details their experiences through a framework that walks the reader through stages in their journey from Girl Hood through to the stage of exiting. This crucial report provides the reader with the authentic voices of Survivors and has not only documented factual evidence in their words of their horrifying experiences but also their recommendations for change that could bring an end to the abhorrent crime of Sex Trafficking in Canada. Download full report

3. “We are at a critical moment.” Report from the National Roundtable on Service Delivery from Women and Girls in Canada. September 18th 2013

This roundtable was held at a central moment in the work of the 23 Expert member Task Force on Trafficking of Women and Girls in Canada – when the Task Force was preparing to develop recommendations to assist to end the crime of sex trafficking in Canada. During this full-day roundtable, representatives from women’s, Aboriginal and immigrant-serving organizations, police departments, shelters, hospitals, community organizations and anti-trafficking initiatives generated hundreds of ideas, practices and recommendations. This report details the results of this gathering that provided a unique opportunity for police and nurses, shelter workers and women’s advocates to meet as colleagues and identify services and system changes that could prevent trafficking in persons, identify and provide for the immediate needs of trafficked women and girls and offer how efforts could be secured to assist women and girls leave exploitive situations and rebuild their lives. Download full report

4. LAWS TO COMBAT SEX TRAFFICKING: An Overview of International, National, Provincial and Municipal Laws and their Enforcement Nicole A. Barrett, Director, Global Justice Associates and Margaret J. Shaw, Director, Crime and Social Policy Consulting  December 2013

This report examines current legislation, regulations and law enforcement issues relating to human trafficking for sexual exploitation on the international, national, state/provincial, and municipal levels. An analysis of Canada’s legal framework for addressing sex trafficking is provided as well as details of its international obligations. The report also provides selected examples of foreign national and state/provincial legislation on human trafficking and prostitution as well as a discussion on the regulation of the internet. Summary charts on current international, Canadian Provincial and Municipal responses, and an overall matrix of legislative responses to trafficking for sexual exploitation are included as Appendices to the report. Download full report

5. An Assessment of Sex Trafficking    May 2013 Nicole Barrett, Director of Global Justice Associates

The report gathers and identifies important information on the prevalence of human trafficking in Canada in 2013, examines the profile of victims and the techniques of traffickers, and explores newer areas in the human trafficking discussion – such as the demand to purchase sex in Canada, the role of the internet in sex trafficking, and the social and economic costs of sex trafficking. The report discusses seven impediments to accurately estimating the incidence of human trafficking, it provides an overview of information known about the incidence of human trafficking in Canada, it provides a profile of Canada’s sex trafficking victims and provides information on how sex trafficking is occurring in Canada. In addition, the report looks at existing information on the demand for sex trafficking from two perspectives: the sex buyer and the trafficker and also asks how the internet is/can be used in trafficking situations. Download full report

6. SEXUAL EXPLOITATION AND TRAFFICKING OF ABORIGINAL WOMEN AND GIRLS Literature Review and Key Informant Interviews Native Women’s Association of Canada March 2014

The Native Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC) is a national Aboriginal organization representing the political voice of Aboriginal women throughout Canada. NWAC works to advance the well-being of Aboriginal women and girls, as well as their families and communities, through advocacy, policy, and legislative analysis in order to improve policies, programs, and legislation. This research seeks to form a comprehensive picture on the state of human trafficking for sexual exploitation of Aboriginal women and girls in Canada. The review assisted to inform the work of NWAC and the Task Force on Trafficking of Women and Girls in Canada and aided in the Task Force’s preparations to identify and suggest key solutions for a national anti- trafficking strategy effectively addressing sexual exploitation of Aboriginal women and girls in Canada. Download full report