Canada ratified The Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons, Especially Women and Children (known as the Palermo Protocol) in 2002. This protocol includes an internationally accepted definition of human trafficking.
Article 3(a) of the Palermo Protocol defines “Trafficking in Persons” as:
the recruitment, transportation, transfer, harboring or receipt of persons, by means of the threat or use of force or other forms of coercion of abduction, fraud, of deception of the abuse of power or of a position of vulnerability or of the giving or receiving of payments or benefits to achieve the consent of a person having control over another person, for the purpose of exploitation. Exploitation shall include, at a minimum, the exploitation of the prostitution of others or other forms of sexual exploitation, forced labor or services, slavery or practices similar to slavery, servitude or the removal of organs.
Sue Wilson is Director of the Office for Systemic Justice. She has a PhD in social ethics. Sue works on human trafficking from different perspectives including accompaniment of persons, political advocacy and education. She has presented submissions to federal government standing committees and UN Commissions.
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