By: Emma Elshaw
Due to the hundreds of years of exploitation that has been in existence since the time the settlers stepped foot on Indigenous soil, multiple layers of vulnerability have accumulated within Indigenous communities. Where there is vulnerability, traffickers step in to begin manipulating and trafficking individuals. In the last two weeks, we have seen how the history of colonization has led to the vulnerability and mistreatment of Indigenous people, which has led to an increase in trafficking of Indigenous people.
By Emma Elshaw
Trigger Warning: Please note that this blog contains descriptions of violence and mistreatment in Indigenous communities and the residential school system.
“While policies and laws against the trafficking of people contribute to the prevention of future cases of human trafficking and supports for [survivors], the issue cannot be properly addressed without examining the root causes of violence against Indigenous women and girls, and the colonial legacy.”
Last week, we examined the effects of colonization on Indigenous people and communities to give a historical context as to why there is a disproportionate amount of trafficked Indigenous women compared to other groups. Today, we will dig deeper into how the mistreatment and subsequent vulnerabilities of women have created a higher risk of human trafficking in Indigenous communities.
Trafficking in Indigenous Communities - Part 1: Colonization's Impact on Trafficking in Indigenous Communities
By Emma Elshaw
Pocahontas. Many of us may know the name and some of us may have even seen the Disney movie. However, as is the case with many Disney movies, her story is a romanticized version that creates a more fairy-tale-like story that will appeal to kids. In reality, though, as a young girl taken by a much older man to live in a new world where she was abused and died at a young age (either from illness or possibly by murder), she may have been the first trafficked woman. (Smoke, 2021)
By: Emma Elshaw
Human trafficking happens in various countries around the world, and more and more attention is being paid to the reality of human trafficking in the news and mainstream media. However, there is not a signficant amount of attention being paid to the connection between sex trafficking and the BIPOC community. This is something that needs to change. When looking at the statistics, it is clear that BIPOC individuals are more at risk of being trafficked.
By: Emma Elshaw
One of the major streaming sites for online pornography, Pornhub, received attention on the news and on social media at the end of 2020. These news articles pointed out that Pornhub has no policy for censoring videos, meaning anyone can upload a video, regardless of its content or, more importantly, the age of those depicted in the video being uploaded.
By Elizabeth Ashe
After the death of my mother, I and my four siblings were put into foster care for 6 years during the late 50’s – 60’s. My father, an immigrant from Germany was pressured and coerced into giving his children, (who ranged from 6 weeks to 6 years old into care) by the Children’s Aid Society. It was their belief that he could not adequately care for us while he worked a full-time job. We remained separated in 3 foster
homes until he remarried 6 years later.
By. Emma Elshaw
There are a plethora of porn sites out there, many of which can be accessed by anyone at any time, regardless of their age. This means that minors can be exposed to these sites and the explicit material they contain, whether intentionally or unintentionally. There are currently no protocols or laws in place that force these sites to go through an age-verification process in Canada.
By Elisabeth Ashe
Many organizations around the world work tirelessly to end human trafficking. Research shows however that with the newest pandemic, COVID-19, trafficking is on the rise everywhere.
By: Elisabeth Ashe
Landlords who exploit, harass or bully tenants into trading rent for sex is nothing new, but, with large swaths of community now being unemployed or in financial distress, it has made even more people vulnerable. In fact, it is prevalent the world over. You might even say that with the arrival of COVID-19, it has become as much of a pandemic as the disease itself.
By: Sydney MacDonald
The internet is one of the most revolutionary inventions of our time. It allows humans to connect with people all over the world and accomplish things that generations from the past couldn’t even dream of. Yet, for all that we know, there are still parts of the internet that most people aren’t aware of or don't understand. For parents, this is a scary thought. What are your kids doing on the internet exactly? Are they getting into trouble? Unless you are looking over their shoulder and checking their browsing history, you don’t truly know.