Wednesday, December 08, 2004

Hundreds of foreign women, girls forced into Canadian sex trade: RCMP

At least 600 foreign women and girls are coerced into joining the Canadian sex trade each year by human traffickers, says a newly declassified RCMP report.

As many as 2,200 other newcomers are smuggled into the United States from Canada to toil in brothels, sweatshops, domestic jobs or construction work, estimates the intelligence assessment obtained by The Canadian Press. And the RCMP says the numbers may represent just the tip of the proverbial iceberg, as it is widely believed only one in 10 victims of trafficking report the crime to police.

Trafficking in persons became an offence in Canada in June 2002, but there had been no cases brought before Canadian courts at the time of the report. Many of the abused and exploited are routinely treated as people who have simply broken the immigration law. As a result, they are detained and deported.

Source: Canadian Press.