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Human Trafficking is Modern Day Slavery

Human trafficking is modern day slavery. It involves recruitment, transportation, harbouring and/ or exercising control, direction or influence over the movements of a person in order to exploit that person, typically through sexual exploitation or forced labour.

It is often described as a modern form of slavery. Gender equality and sex work cannot co-exist. Human sex trafficking flourishes in a culture where patriarchy lives and gender equality is absent. Trafficking for sex is rooted in misogyny, racism and a belief that there is a class of people who are ‘less than’ and therefore available for purchase.

Sex trafficking is inherently violent. Buying another human being is possible due to inequities in power.

The human trafficking triangle includes: a victim (the supply) who is vulnerable and powerless, most often female; a pimp or trafficker (the distributor) who has exploited the victim’s vulnerabilities and a purchaser (the demand) with disposable income, almost always male with the core beliefs just described. To end human sex trafficking, each part of the triangle needs to be addressed along with the underlying root causes.

In this episode we talk to Glendyne Gerrard, Director of Defend Dignity, about some of the positive work they are doing in Canada to help stop this human disaster, and why she is so committed to helping end this form of human slavery.

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