Ms. Joy Smith, Conservative Member of Parliament for Kildonan-St-Paul, Manitoba, works constantly to fight against and to raise the awareness of the Canadian people about human trafficking.
In 2007, Ms. Smith presented a private members bill to the government calling for the condemnation of the trafficking of women and children. It was unanimously adopted by Parliament.
Following this step, in 2012, she got the Canadian government to declare February 22nd as National Human Trafficking Awareness Day.
Here in Canada, it is mostly women and young girls, a large majority of them Aboriginals, who are drawn into the exploitive trap of human trafficking for sexual exploitation in the sex industry, through coercion, threats, deception or fraud.
Over the last few years, many organizations, one of which is CATHII, (an action-oriented committee that works for the elimination of human trafficking of women) have expressed their concerns regarding the programs for temporary foreign workers and forced labour.
In a recent report on human trafficking in Canada, the RCMP indicated that migrant workers are more likely to be victims of trafficking or subject to conditions for exploitation.