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Statement by Minister of Foreign Affairs and Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness on World Day Against Trafficking in Persons
July 30, 2017 – Ottawa, Ontario – Global Affairs Canada

The Honourable Chrystia Freeland, Minister of Foreign Affairs, and the Honourable Ralph Goodale, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, today issued the following statement:

“On World Day Against Trafficking in Persons, Canada joins the international community to denounce the heinous crime of human trafficking.”

“The International Labour Organization estimates that close to 21 million people in the world, mostly women and girls, have been the victims of traffickers who treat human beings as mere commodities to exploit for financial gain.”

“In Canada, most victims are also women and girls. Vulnerable groups at risk include Indigenous women, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) youth, migrants, runaways and at-risk youth. They are often lured away by false promises of a better life and end up thrust into a nightmare of sexual exploitation, forced labour, domestic servitude and abuse.”

“The Government of Canada works with provinces and territories, Indigenous communities, law enforcement, community organizations and international partners to combat human trafficking and raise awareness. We contribute to a multitude of international efforts to stop the scourge of human trafficking and help survivors and we will further support such work through our feminist international assistance policy.”

“Human trafficking is an abhorrent attack on human dignity and basic human rights. The Government of Canada is committed to bringing those who commit this crime to justice and to helping survivors go on to lead healthy and productive lives.”

Adam Austen
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Foreign Affairs
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