March 26 11:45am-1:30pm | The Westin Ottawa – 11 Colonel By Drive, Ottawa
Heard of human trafficking? Not sure how it happens? Didn’t know Canadian boys and girls are being bought and sold for sex? Did you think the slave trade was eradicated 200 years ago? Think again. Human trafficking, the modern day slave trade, is alive and well in Canada. And it hurts us all. Human trafficking is the fastest growing and most lucrative criminal enterprise in Canada. In fact, a trafficker earns an average of $280,000 per year per victim in Canada. In January, Ottawa saw the first teen pimp case in Canadian history. In February, law enforcement from Alberta to Nova Scotia, launched Operation Northern Spotlight targeting pimps and johns, which also rescued under-age victims, some as young as 15 years old.
Join the Economic Club of Canada and the Joy Smith Foundation on Wednesday March 26th, at the Hotel Westin in Ottawa, for your chance to attend an exclusive and gripping discussion. Hear testimonies from a human trafficking survivor, an anti-human trafficking law enforcement expert (head of Montreal’s VICE and Drugs Unit) and President of the Joy Smith Foundation, Joy Smith, moderated by Hon. David Kilgour, on the insidious nature of human trafficking, which is targeting our Canadian youth.