Human trafficking consists of exploitation in conjunction with force, coercion, deception, fraud, and threat. Exploitation can occur through forced labour, organ removal, forced sexual service, or more than one of these. Commercial sexual exploitation is the exploitation of an individual for things of value, particularly of a sexual nature, sexual services, or related services. In this, human trafficking for the purpose of commercial sexual exploitations involves the use of force, coercion, deception, fraud, and threat to sexually exploit another (i.e. make her provide sexual services) for money or in exchange for other valuables. While people can be trafficked and exploited for a number of reasons (and certain populations are more vulnerable to differing situations of trafficking and exploitation), sexual exploitation of persons through human trafficking is a crime that disproportionately affects women and girls.
For a map of services in Guelph-Wellington that can offer support to human trafficking survivors, you can click here to view the Human Trafficking Services Map .
From 2003-2016, the DVDRC has reviewed 289 cases, involving 410 deaths. The publication of the 2016 Annual Report of the DVDRC represents the 14th year that the Office of the Chief Coroner has reported on its reviews and on the incidence of domestic homicide and domestic homicide-suicide in Ontario.
Past Death Review Committee Reports:
DVDRC reports from 2012 & beyond are available by request through the Ontario Ministry of Community Safety & Correctional Services website here.
Sexual violence and harassment are a reality in every community in this province — and that is not acceptable. After all the work that has been done to eradicate sexual violence and harassment — and the misogyny that underpins them — it is difficult to believe that these actions and ideas are still pervasive today. We can, and must, do better.
See the Ontario Wynne government’s It’s Never Okay: An Action Plan to Stop Sexual Violence and Harassment here
This report is from the Domestic Violence Advisory Council to provide recommendations to improve the existing system of services to better meet the diverse needs of abused women and their children.
Sexual violence can take many different forms. This 2011-2014 Action Plan addresses crimes such as sexual assault and sexual exploitation through human trafficking, as well as other acts including sexual harassment and sexual exploitation through the use of technology and the Internet.