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Human trafficking - Hand of Person Vulnerable to Modern Slavery Human trafficking is a form of modern slavery in which a person is exploited through forced labour or forced prostitution, by threats of violence, use of force, deception or coercion. Human trafficking exploits vulnerable people and violates human dignity.

God calls us to care for the vulnerable. He commands his people to “seek justice, rescue the oppressed, defend the orphan, plead for the widow” (Isaiah 1:17-18, NRSV). God sees and hears the suffering of the oppressed: “he does not ignore the cry of the afflicted” (Psalm 9:12b NIV).

Each person has human dignity flowing from our creation by God in His image and His love for us. This human dignity compels us to respect and uphold each person’s inherent worth, and to not treat them as objects for our gratification or profit.
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Media releases

EFC Welcomes New Legislation On Prostitution

OTTAWA – The EFC commends the government for taking seriously the task of...

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NGOs Celebrate Anniversary of National Action Plan to Combat Human Trafficking, Call Its Implementation, Enhancement Essential

The Action Plan was launched on June 6, 2012, as a comprehensive blueprint guiding 18...

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Articles

Why the prostitution laws are essential, part 2: Sex trafficking increases with decriminalization

When laws prohibiting sex buying and pimping are removed, the sex industry expands, and...

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The intersection of human trafficking and prostitution

The justice committee in Parliament is reviewing Canada’s prostitution laws over...

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Outgoing letters

Letter on Human Trafficking Provision in Bill C-5 to Minister of Justice

Bill C-5 would change the Criminal Code to repeal mandatory minimum sentences...

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In support of Bill S-211 against forced labour

Bill S-211 would require companies to report on their efforts to ensure their supply...

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Government

Bill C-5 would reduce sentences for human trafficking

Allowing a lesser penalty for a human trafficking offence would send the wrong message.

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Submission on Human Trafficking in Canada to Indigenous and Northern Affairs

The EFC recommends that the current law (PCEPA) be upheld and enforced; that the government initiate public awareness campaigns and education; and more.

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Documents

Seeking Justice, Rescuing the Enslaved

Seeking Justice, Rescuing the Enslaved: Recommendations for a National Strategy to Combat Human Trafficking.

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Selling Ourselves: Prostitution in Canada, Where Are We Headed?

EFC report on the link between prostitution laws and human trafficking rates.

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