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April 11, 2019
Exploring the impact of human trafficking in Oxford

Community partners join forces to educate and protect local residents


Crime Stoppers of Oxford, in collaboration with community partners, is hosting a public information session to guard local residents with information about the dangers of human trafficking in Oxford County.

Parents, teachers, law enforcement officers, government workers, caregivers, and residents are invited to join experts in the field to learn more about the strategies used to groom and recruit victims, what to watch for, and what to do if you suspect something is wrong.

Human trafficking is a growing problem worldwide, and Oxford County is not immune. Caroline Pugh-Roberts, a victim of human trafficking will share her incredible story of survival, while representatives of the OPP and Woodstock Police Service will explore the dangers of human trafficking locally, and arm participants with tools to protect themselves and their loved ones. The evening will close with a question period.

     WHEN:

Tuesday, May 28, 2019
6:30 – 9:00 p.m.

     WHERE:

UNIFOR Local 636 Hall

126 Beale St., Woodstock, ON

     WHO:

Caroline Pugh-Roberts, a survivor of human trafficking

OPP / Woodstock Police

Domestic Abuse Services Oxford (DASO)

More information about the workshop is available at www.oxfordcrimestoppers.com.



Background

Human trafficking involves the recruitment, transportation or harbouring of persons for the purposes of exploitation, typically in the sex industry or for forced labour. Traffickers control people in many ways, including psychological manipulation, emotional abuse, lies, addiction, threats of violence, isolation, and control. While human trafficking is a vastly under-reported crime, Ontario is a major centre for human trafficking in Canada, with about two-thirds of reported cases arising in Ontario. Victims often develop a bond with their traffickers and may not know or understand that a crime is taking place. For this reason, and others, many victims fear and resist police intervention, making it very difficult to leave a trafficking situation.


Contact

Donna Kemp | Strategic Communication & Engagement
519.539.9800, ext. 3158 | dkemp@oxfordcounty.ca



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