The Durham Region Human Trafficking Coalition launched a new community resource today aimed at educating youth and their parents about the crime often referred to as "modern day sex slavery."
Human traffickers control their victims psychologically and often physically, and this crime occurs every day in Durham Region. In fact, this year the DRPS Human Trafficking Unit has conducted 80 investigations and laid more than 130 total charges. The website--www.stopht.com
--provides a myriad of information that can help family and friends recognize when their loved one is being victimized and how to get help.
Students from Sinclair Secondary School attended the launch and watched a video from the website that illustrates how youth get lured into these situations. The video is meant to spark conversations with youth and educate them about the realities of human trafficking.
"The reality is that human trafficking is happening in Durham Region in hotels not far from your school, involving victims the same age as those girls in the audience today," says D/Sgt. Ryan Connolly from the DRPS Human Trafficking Unit. "This website is meant to open your eyes to how a human trafficker lures his victims and how hard it is for the victims to escape."
Made up of community agencies from across the region, the Durham Region Human Trafficking Coalition aims to stop human trafficking before it starts. For more information, see www.stopht.com
The Durham Region Human Trafficking Coalition:
Durham Regional Police
Victim Services of Durham Region
Victim Witness Assistance Program (Ministry of the Attorney General)
Set Free Durham
Murray Mckinnon Foundation
CAREA Community Health Centre
Niijkiwendidaa Anishnaabekwewag Services Circle
Durham Mental Health Services
Region of Durham Social Services (Income and Employment Supports Division)
Durham Rape Crisis Centre
Women's Multicultural Resource and Counselling Centre of Durham (WMRCC)
Youth Justice Services (Ministry of Children and Youth Services)
For more information on DRPS' role in The Durham Region Human Trafficking Coalition, please contact D/Sgt. Ryan Connolly at 1-888-579-1520 ext. 5230
New StopHT.com Website (JPG file, 315.8K bytes)
D/Sgt Connolly speaks to the students about the dangers of human trafficking (JPG file, 1,111.8K bytes)
Students ask the DRHT Coalition questions (JPG file, 1,067.0K bytes)