People spend a lot of time talking about the human trafficking and sex slavery that occurs in less developed countries in our world.
Little do they realize it is a prevalent issue in Canada, and especially here in the north. And the primary victims are young women, girls and boys from First Nations communities.
Local groups are dedicated to raising awareness about these issues, in an effort to create a safer world for Indigenous youth.
That is why the Health, Opportunities, and Preventing Exploitation Alliance (H.O.P.E), Missanabie Cree First Nation, Nimkii-Naabkawagan Family Crisis Shelter, the Northeastern Ontario Research Alliance on Human Trafficking (NORAHT), Persons Against Crimes of Trafficking (PACT) Grandmothers and the Metis Nation of Ontario hosted an Anti-Human Trafficking Conference and Awareness Walk on Saturday morning.
The walk started at the Delta Hotel, and went up Bay St. to Albert St., all the way down to Huron St. before proceeding back down Queen St. and back to the Delta.
Children, women and men all took part, waving powerful banners and signs.
The 3rd annual Anti-Human Trafficking Conference was held this week in Sault Ste. Marie.
This event took place as a part of the 3rd annual Anti-Human Trafficking Conference in Sault Ste. Marie. The conference is meant to assist front-line workers, such as social workers and police officers, on warnings signs and ways to help victims.