Trafic humain Québec – Les affranchies

What we’re doing

What we’re doing/What we can do TOGETHER

Les Affranchies (formerly Half the Sky Qc) has a singular mandate — to encourage a provincial strategy to combat human trafficking in Quebec.

Human Trafficking is a federal offense and has been since 2005. Since then, a number of provinces – BC, Ontario, Manitoba and Alberta — have introduced measures to uphold the law. But Quebec has yet to take a stand. Qu’attend le Québec?

’911′ Campaign

Following a 2012 community consultation and a 3-month effort to educate our elected officials, Les Affranchies, with the generous support of Groupe BCP and Astral Media, launched ‘911’ a province-wide radio and social media campaign to raise public awareness and encourage our politicians to take action against human trafficking in Quebec.

Now YOU can help too.

Five actions you can take in the next few minutes to encourage our government to make the fight against human trafficking a priority in Quebec:

1)    Share ‘911’ radio clip with your friends and colleagues on Facebook, Twitter etc. Encourage them to take action by doing the same.

2)    Write, Tweet or Email the Ministers of Justice and Public Security, and the Minister for Social Services and Youth Protection (addresses and messages below).

3)    Write, Tweet or email your local MNA (messages below) to raise awareness and encourage provincial action to combat trafficking.

4)    Share the video ‘Traite de personnes au Quebec” (Valerie’s story: Profile of a Survivor) with your friends, your children, your colleagues, teachers, deputies and the relevant Ministers (Justice, Public Security and Health and Social Services).

5)    Thank yourself for playing an active role in the fight against human trafficking.

 

Tweet the Ministers below with your message of concern and necessary action:

Bertrand St-Arnaud, Minister of Justice

Twitter address: [email protected]

Email address: [email protected]

Message: Traite humaine existe au Québec. SVP, créer une unité mixte des policiers/procureurs pour la combattre.


Stéphane Bergeron, Minister of Public Security
  Twitter address: [email protected]

Email: [email protected]

Message: Traite humaine existe au Québec. SVP, créer une unité mixte des policiers/procureurs pour la combattre.

 

Véronique Hivon, Minister for Social Services and Youth Protection   Twitter address: [email protected]

Email address: [email protected]

Message: Traite humaine existe au Québec. SVP, créez une approche coordinée pour supporter les victimes.

 

Write, Tweet or email your local MNA to raise awareness and encourage provincial action to combat trafficking (MNA Addresses).

 

Sample Email or Letter Message:

Human trafficking is the fastest growing and most dehumanizing criminal activity in the world. An estimated 29 million people worldwide are victims of ‘modern day slavery’ with close to 80% recruited for the purpose of sexual exploitation.

The vast majority–90%–of human trafficking victims in Canada and Quebec are local—young women like Valerie (see video) lured into the sex trade and brutally abused if they attempt to leave.

From the young woman, alone and temporarily isolated, arriving from Rimouski to attend CEGEP in Montreal, to the impressionable high school girl who falls prey to a charming, unscrupulous trafficker, no one is safe unless we actively fight against this horrific crime.

Your sister, your daughter, your niece could be victims. Be part of the solution to combat human trafficking in Quebec. As our elected officials, please put in place a coordinated approach to protect and support victims (Minister Hivon) and establish a police/prosecutor unit to effectively investigate and prosecute this egregious crime (Minister St-Arnaud and Minister Bergeron).

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“No one shall be subjected to torture or to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.” Article 5, Universal Declaration of Human Rights

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Les Affranchies  Accomplishments to date:

‘Not for Sale’ Human Trafficking Awareness to Action event, October 23, 2012

Over 1000 community members –frontline and community service workers, police, prosecutors, students and government officials — attended ‘Not for Sale’, a global awareness to local action event. Based on 10 years experience as a foreign correspondent with the New York Times, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Sheryl WuDunn spoke on Human Trafficking at the international level. Quebec survivor Nadia Emond shared her personal experience of being trafficked. Les Affranchies, in collaboration with the RCMP Human Trafficking Unit, presented recommendations to combat human trafficking in Quebec based on a broad community consultation. 

 

Human Trafficking Stakeholder Consultation: What’s Working and What’s Missing to Combat Human Trafficking in Quebec? August to October 2012

The multi-stakeholder consultation recommended the following:

  • Establishment of a coordinated approach to protect and support victims (similar to that created for victims of domestic violence in the 1980s);
  • Creation of an integrated police/prosecutor unit to proactively investigate the crime and appropriately prosecutre traffickers (like that of  l’Unité mixte d’enquête sur le crime organisé UMECO);
  • Implementation of a broad awareness campaign to help prevent human trafficking (targeted to victims/potential victims, traffickers, clients, frontline service workers and the general public).

Click here to view stakeholders. Go to ‘Partners’ page to see list of participants.

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