Human trafficking is the act of illegal transporting, recruiting, harbouring, or transferring of individuals across geographic regions for the purpose of exploitation.
– 95% of trafficked victims are female: most under the age of 25.
– In Canada, indigenous people account for approximately 50% of sex trafficking victims.
– Trafficking is a hidden crime because victims are often frightened and unwilling to testify against the perpetrators. As a result, (60%) of trafficking cases in Canada have resulted in a decision of stayed or withdrawn whereas only 30% resulted in a guilty finding.
– On average, every trafficked woman in Canada generates just under $300,000 for her traffickers per year.
– According to some estimates, approximately 80% of trafficking involves sexual exploitation, and 19% involves labor exploitation.