We would like to highlight this investigation into human trafficking in Canada by the Globe and Mail.
“The Trafficked project sprang from an ongoing Globe and Mail investigation into missing and murdered indigenous women in Canada. In the course of that reporting, the issue of human trafficking surfaced as a factor that puts some aboriginal women at even greater risk of disappearing or being killed.”
Please read the entire article here as well as the report The Trafficked with interviews from three Indigenous women survivors. It is important to note that Indigenous women account for just one in every 25 Canadians, but one 2014 study estimated they are about one in every two victims of human trafficking.
The pro-prostitution lobby would have us believe that women choose prostitution with their “free choice” and “agency” but the truth is that many of these women are coming from a population that is kept in vulnerable positions due to racism, misogyny, poverty and ongoing colonization.
Survivor and activist Bridget Perrier says “I didn’t choose prostitution. Prostitution chose me.” In a video provided by the Globe and Mail, Perrier talks about how men were purchasing her when she was only twelve years old, and they knew her vulnerability and that she was sexually abused. Aboriginal women are more likely to be in a vulnerable position due to the ongoing effects of residential schools and due to the combination of racism and misogyny that means our society sees them as disposable.
Women and girls do not choose or enjoy being sexually exploited. The men who purchase and sell women and children for “sex” need to be held accountable for this horrific crime.
We would like to congratulate the survivors and activists who are fighting back against the world’s oldest oppression on behalf of all women.