Human trafficking in Ottawa
Tonight on CBC News Ottawa at Six, Judy Trinh takes a look at the state of Human Trafficking in Ottawa. There are a three ways people are trafficked: victims can be exploited for labor or for the extraction of organs, but overwhelmingly it involves forcing women and girls into prostitution.
A new study by PACT Ottawa has identified more than 140 young women forced into the sex trade (here in Ottawa) in the last year alone. The youngest was just 12 years old. Helen Roos is the past-chair of the Ottawa Coalition to End Human Trafficking, and a current consultant who has interviewed two dozen local victims. She joined us with her advice on how to spot and tackle the problem.