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2019 (Narrative date)

There are an estimated 17,000 people living in conditions of slavery in Canada (GSI 2018). Both Canadian and foreign citizens are exploited in forced labour and sex trafficking. Forced labour affects migrant workers under ‘low-skilled’ temporary visa streams including the low-wage and primary agricultural streams. These workers are often in restaurants, hotels, agriculture, food preparation, construction or domestic work. Sexual exploitation of Canadian citizens is the most common form of slavery detected by authorities in the country, with 93% of sex trafficking victims being Canadian. 

Zoey* talks about her experience of being trafficked for sexual exploitation.

I was going to end up dead like the others. Just another fake name, that would inevitable be thrown in the gutter by my ‘co-workers’; the other hookers like myself. Even with that knowledge at the forefront of my brain, it felt like I was running with led weight in my heels as I ran for my life; for the fourth time. I was so expertly groomed by another young female. My second pimp made me truly grasp the techniques of manipulation through fear. I was kept in a basement and tortured with the threat of death, dismemberment, rape and the possibility of being sold to another pimp. The pimp would make nooses in front of me and heat up hot knives waving them in my face during his drug fueled interrogations.

*name given


Narrative source Youth Underground, a non-profit organization dedicated to preventing human trafficking through youth education, awareness-raising and advocacy.

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