Durham Rape Crisis Centre presents a forum on Human Trafficking and Sexual Exploitation
On Wednesday May 21st, Carina Cappuccitti and I attended a forum on human trafficking at Trent University in Oshawa. This was a great day filled with passionate speakers discussing the important topic of human trafficking. There were 4 speakers who presented various needs assessments as well as new perspectives on the intersectionality of human trafficking throughout the daylong event. The speakers all had one thing in common: passion. They were all very passionate about this topic and were very good at opening a conversation that needs to be had within our community. The crisis of human trafficking is not just something that is happening in urban cities. York Region and Durham Region have been affected greatly.
I found this forum to be particularly moving because of the survivor speaker who told her powerful story to the audience. Having a survivor of human trafficking tell her story makes this crisis all too real. Hearing what one person has gone through as result of human trafficking is eye opening to say the least. Something must be done to create change. So many people are being affected and so many lives are being ruined because of the demand for human trafficking.
In order to stimulate change in our communities the doors need to be open for people to have these conversations. Human trafficking is very much a part of our society and in order to create change we have to first understand why it is happening. This forum addressed many concerns around causes of human trafficking as well as how we can move forward and implement changes in order to better sustain the community we want to live in and help those around us who are suffering.
By Lindsay Deeley, summer student