the recruitment or movement of a person,
by deception or coercion,
for the purpose of exploitation.

People are bought and sold for
forced labour, sexual exploitation,
forced street crime, and other reasons.


the world’s fastest growing global crime and is one of the largest sources of income for organized crime.

The United Nations estimates the total market value of illicit human trafficking at $32 billion US dollars. (ILO, 2005)

Human trafficking is the second largest source of illegal income worldwide exceeded only by drugs trafficking. (Belser, 2005)

There are even reports that some trafficking groups are switching their cargo from drugs to human beings, in a search of high profits at lower risk. (The UN Office on Drugs and Crime)


a global and local problem.
it happens to every kind of person
in every corner of the globe.

According to the 2012 Global Report
on Trafficking in Persons, victims from
at least 136 different nationalities
were trafficked and detected
in 118 different countries.

551 cases of human trafficking
in Ontario were documented
between 2011 and 2013
(there are likely thousands more
undocumented cases).


The Government of Canada’s National Action Plan to Combat Human Trafficking provided the following statistics as of April 2012.


of victims are from domestic trafficking within Canada


of victims are brought into Canada from another country

victims under human trafficking offences after 25 convictions

victims in 56 cases currently before the courts involving 85 accused

victims under the age of 18 at the time of the offense

charges laid under section 118 of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act

Faith Alliance to End Human Trafficking

Faith Alliance is a collaboration of religious and other partners working to end human trafficking.

It is operated by the Ministry for Social Justice, Peace, and Care of Earth
of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Toronto in association with

Stop the Traffik UN.GIFT

Learn how to join our alliance!