Sex Trafficking 101

Maybe you’ve heard the term sex trafficking.
It’s simply a politically-correct way of saying sexual slavery.

We live in a hyper sex-saturated culture where it has become normalized to use one's sexuality to sell products and services, but did you know that sex (itself) is being sold on a daily basis…in Saskatoon, Regina, Calgary, Toronto, Vancouver, Winnipeg, Edmonton, Halifax, Montreal, you name it- your city? You may not see a prostituted person walking down your street or a pimp going door to door offering services, but it’s happening in plain sight whether you realize it or not.

While the image of a pimp and prostitute have been glamorized through movies such as “Pretty Woman”, there is nothing beautiful about the dark reality of the sex industry. Maybe you’ve heard the term sex trafficking. It’s simply a politically-correct way of saying sexual slavery.

Although slavery, as we knew it in the abolition of the slave trade, was accomplished in North America is over, (1834 in Canada & the British Empire and 1865 in the US) , there is still a high demand for buying and selling women and children…(and sometimes men and boys) as mere sexual commodities in your city. Actually, there are more slaves today than there ever was in the history of mankind.  It’s being sold through ads in newspapers, posts on websites like Backpage, via escort services, at truck stops, motels,  and other places you drive by on a daily basis. We are joining other organizations across this nation to educate Canadians that trafficking and sexual exploitation is not only existing in this nation, it is thriving.  Rather than turning a blind eye, we are taking a stand with our nation and its current law as buying sex is a crime. 
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The phrase ‘See no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil’ is simply powerless naivity when it comes to eradicating sexual exploitation in our nation. We must be educated about this issue in order to make a difference.

Educating ourselves empowers us to be culture changers in a world of indifference.  The phrase 'See no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil' is simply powerless naivity when it comes to eradicating sexual exploitation in our nation. We must be educated about this issue in order to make a difference. We bring hope to a very dark issue in our communities. If you live in the Saskatoon area, we invite you to join us monthly as we host educational events each month with a different theme. Each time, engaging various presenters & organizations with an opportunity to engage in Q&A. The first event is Thursday, October 19th "Sex Trafficking 101". Below are the details: 

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HRC Public Event: Sex Trafficking 101

Date: October 19th, 2017

Where: Remai Arts Centre Saskatoon/(Persephone Theatre) Public Event, limited seating hosted in the Backstage/ Black Room

Time: 7:30 pm- 9:30 pm*

Cost: Free and open to the public (Donations welcome)

Speakers- Various presenters

7:30 pm  Intro to the issue (Stats, What it looks like in Canada, Aboriginal Vulnerabilities)

8:30 pm- Stages of coercion and personal stories

8:45 pm Laws in Canada vs other countries/ addressing demand

9:00 pm Call to HOPE (SK Need and Demand study, Into to Nov theme "Survivor Restoration"

9:15 Q&A

9:25 pm - Closing event

*For HRC members, a reception will be provided from 6:15-7:15 pm onsite each month. Members may bring a guest. Members living outside of the Saskatoon area are able to join us by teleconference with the link provided in our monthly newsletter.  Interested in becoming a member of HRC? Visit the link here


Want to learn more? Our Introductory Module 1 is available for free this month and is available online. Simply click this link, register for the 6-hour course and a PDF will be emailed to you along with links to the 4 YOUTUBE videos. You can work through the course on your own timing. 

Questions? Reach out by filling out this form.