CANCARO ORGANIZATION AND EXPERIENCE
Canadian, Migration and Counter Trafficking in Persons Organisation (CANCARO) is a non-profit organization whose mission is to equip,
motivate and support victims of Human Trafficking and their communities in the fight to end modern-day slavery by seeking social justice,
promoting decent work for all and empowering individuals to become productive citizens through education and research.
To ensure this vision becomes a reality CANCARO is committed to educating at-risk youth, building awareness and reducing the incidences of human trafficking by building a strong collaboration of anti-trafficking support services, advocates and experts in Ontario, Canada, the Caribbean and other countries.
Research and Community Involvement
CANCARO routinely conducts Social Research, Consultancies and Training in the field of Human Trafficking, develops curriculum and training materials for Communities Organisations, District School Boards, Law Enforcement, municipalities and Governments by Providing scientific tools and proven strategies to decrease the risk of human trafficking. Some of these tools involves increasing HT awareness, targeted
assessment, and effective intervention. CANCORO does this by building the skills of local professionals, and community stakeholders that are already invested and working in communities. Our approach recognizes and honors the leaders, influencers, and professional caretakers
already in existence. By empowering, raising the skills level, and supporting these communities, we avoid repeating historical and ineffective traditional paths of imposing change in ways that are not culturally responsive and devaluing of black and indigenous peoples.
What is Human Trafficking
Human trafficking is generally understood to refer to the process through which individuals are placed or maintained in an exploitative situation for economic gain. Trafficking can occur within a country or may involve movement across borders. Women, men, and children are trafficked for a wide range of purposes, including forced and exploitative labour in factories, farms and private households, sexual exploitation, and forced marriage. Trafficking affects all regions and most countries of the world. While it is difficult to secure reliable information about patterns and numbers, our understanding about why trafficking happens has improved rapidly over the last 20 years. Inequalities within and between countries, increasingly restrictive immigration policies and growing demand for cheap, disempowered labour are just some of the underlying causes that have been identified. The many factors that increase individual vulnerability to trafficking include poverty, violence and discrimination against women and children.
In Ontario, the majority of reported cases involve sex trafficking of young girls and woman, though boys, men and people who identify as Racial and Ethnic groups, Persons with developmental challenges, Ex-convicts or paroled women, LBGTQ community, Poverty and vulnerable groups, Persons exposed to Gender-Based Violence, Persons with high ACE scores (Adverse Childhood Experiences), Native population, Foreign population (Non-English/French speaking), Economic migrants and smuggled persons are more likely to
- Over 70% of human trafficking victims identified by police in Canada are under the age of 25.
- The average age of recruitment into sex trafficking is 13 years old.
- Approximately two-thirds of police-reported human trafficking cases in Canada occur in Ontario.
- Less the 15% of Human Trafficking cases are reported to the Police
- People of Colour and other minority are 10 times likely to be victims of Human Trafficking in Ontario.
- Most persons convicted for Human Trafficking crimes in Ontario and Canada are persons of colour (young black men)
- There are significant gaps in data collecting on human trafficking in Ontario.
- Human Trafficking activities is most prevalent along the Ontario- Quebec Routes, the Highway 11 Corridor, the Highway 400 Route, Simcoe County and Muskoka, and along the 401 route Hamilton, London to Windsor routes.
- Data presented by Law Enforcement is not standardized based on the Human Trafficking Victimization format.