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Program for Youth
In December 2020, The Women’s Centre Grey Bruce was selected by the Ontario government to launch an anti-human trafficking youth program in Grey Bruce, through a $1.3 million Anti-Human Trafficking Community Support Fund.
Human trafficking is an under-reported crime but it is recognized as one of the fastest-growing crimes worldwide and Grey Bruce is not immune. Local law enforcement agencies received sixty-six Human Trafficking Calls for Services between 2015 and 2019, with forty-four occurring in the last two years alone.
Owen Sound Police Acting-Inspector, Mike Daze, said, “…human trafficking is not just an urban issue” and, “…the only way we can really move forward in trying to prevent this from happening to our young people who are being victimized” is “to work together collaboratively across all agencies”. Owen Sound Police Chief, Craig Ambrose, recently said, "Owen Sound and Grey and Bruce counties aren’t immune to human trafficking . . . we wanted to work together in order to improve our investigative capacity and our awareness as well as the community’s awareness so we get reports of suspicious behaviour (about) instances of human trafficking related to forced labour and forced work in the sex-trade”.
We raise awareness and improve prevention strategies through trainings, campaigns and workshops for community partners, schools and the general public.
We provide residential services for youth to stay and chart their future.
24/7 telephone and text line available to youth who have been or are at-risk of being trafficked.
We provide in-house dedicated counselling, legal, protection and mental health services
In-house dedicated counselling ,
addiction support, protection, and legal support, through a trauma-informed lens.
Dedicated residential facility for youth who have been trafficked.
Rehabilitation and recovery services to build better mental health and resilience.
Career support for reintegration into society.
PREVENTION & OUTREACH
Train community partners' staff to help identify and respond to youth-at-risk or current victims of human trafficking.
Work with law enforcement
to identify victims, support victims, and stop traffickers.
Facilitate Anti-Human Trafficking workshops in schools to help youth recognize common exploitation techniques through discussions around vulnerability, exploitation, consent, healthy relationships, and the use of social media.
Public awareness campaigns
to help the community identify signs of human trafficking amongst love ones. Access our online resource centre, information line, public service announcements, and events to gain awareness.