Ending Sex Trafficking
Council unanimously endorses strategy to address human sex trafficking in Peel Region
In a unanimous decision passed by Council on June 14, 2018, Peel Region will implement a three-year pilot program to offer a coordinated approach with a core group of agencies for human sex trafficking prevention and survivor support.
"The most current data shows that Peel Regional Police conducted over half of the human trafficking investigations in Canada, and 62.5% of Canadian cases originate in the GTA. Recent studies indicate that the average age of entry into commercial child sexual exploitation is 13 ½ years old and the average age of victims entrenched in sex trafficking is 17 years old,” said Janice Sheehy, Commissioner of Human Services, Peel Region. "Survivors require safe, supportive housing and services that are geared to their unique needs while offering them protection and restoring their dignity.
Framework: Prevention, Intervention and Exits/Housing
Prevention - The Region of Peel will work collaboratively with Peel Regional Police, school boards, Peel Children’s Aid Society and Peel service providers to ensure all target populations have equal access to prevention and education programming across the Region.
Intervention - A dedicated services hub will be put in place for individuals at-risk, engaged in and transitioning out of sex trafficking. The hub will offer system navigation, case management, trauma counselling and outreach. It will also host community partners that will provide in-kind complementary services (e.g. basic health care, addictions support, legal aid, education, life skills, employment supports) within the hub.
Exits/housing - A safe/emergency house will provide immediate, secure housing for four to six female and female-identifying individuals exiting human sex trafficking for 72 hours up to four months. A transitional house will offer a secure, supportive housing option for four months to two years for up to six female and female-identifying survivors who are starting to rebuild their lives.
The Strategy also aligns with the Peel Housing and Homelessness Plan, approved by Regional Council on April 5, 2018. To read the full report, go to peelregion.ca/council