Online seminar on human trafficking for Oshawa, Durham parents and youth


Published August 9, 2021 at 3:31 pm


Victim Services of Durham Region will be hosting a virtual seminar on sex trafficking next week to better inform parents about the very real dangers of human trafficking.

Domestic Sex Trafficking of Youth During COVID-19: Parents & Prevention will take place Tuesday, August 24 to help empower caregivers and youth 13+ through education on human trafficking, to help parents understand how to recognize risk factors and early red flags, and to prevent youth from being trafficked.

Human trafficking is the fastest-growing crime in Canada. Sixty-six per cent of all human trafficking in Canada occurs in Ontario and it is a “growing problem” in Durham.

Durham Police’s human trafficking unit has reported a year-over-year increase in investigations since 2018 and (as of June 30) has already conducted more investigations this year than all of 2020.

In this 90-minute seminar attendees will:

  • Learn how your youth can be recruited and lured
  • Learn how covid-19 has increased youth vulnerability
  • Understand what makes your youth vulnerable
  • Learn how to identify if your youth is being trafficked
  • Understand online safety and how to implement it
  • Learn how to speak to your youth about this topic
  • Hear from a survivor
  • Hear from the parent of a survivor

To register for the seminar click here

If you are a victim of human trafficking or suspect human trafficking, please contact Durham Regional Police at 1-888-579-1520 ext 5600 or Durham Regional Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

For more information on the seminar please email [email protected] or call (905) 721-4226 / 1 (888) 579-1520 ext. 3400

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