Friday, March 31, 2006

2005 Country Report on Human Rights Practices in Canada

2005 Country Report on Human Rights Practices in Canada

(See section: Trafficking in Persons)

Although the law prohibits trafficking in persons, there were reports that persons were trafficked to, from, and within the country.

On April 14, Vancouver police brought the first case under IRPA against the owner of a massage parlor who was charged with two counts of human trafficking for bringing women into the country under false pretenses and coercing them into prostitution. The case was pending at year's end.

... During the 12-month period ending in February, authorities charged at least 31 individuals under the criminal code with trafficking-related offenses and obtained 19 convictions.

The country was a destination and a transit point to the United States for women, children, and men trafficked for purposes of sexual exploitation, labor, and the drug trade. In its February 2004 assessment, the RCMP indicated that 800 persons were trafficked annually into the country, and 1,500 to 2,200 persons were trafficked from the country to the United States.

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