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CRY NOT is a volunteer organization created by two recognized and respected entities within the Dufferin Caledon community. The Rotary Club of Orangeville and Compass Community Church were both moved to action when made aware of the threat of Human Trafficking in our area.


The average age of entry into the sex trade in Canada is 12-14 years old

Locally, women, men and youth receive help from Dufferin-Caledon Victim Services:

Victims of Human Trafficking 2017-2018

Victims of Human Trafficking 2018-2019

Young women

Youth (male & female) under the age of 18

Poster - People for Sale in Canada

About Human Trafficking

Human trafficking, also referred to as trafficking in persons, involves recruiting, transporting, transferring, receiving, holding, concealing,  harbouring, or exercising control, direction or influence over that person, for the purpose of exploitation, generally for sexual exploitation or forced labour.

In Caledon and Dufferin, vulnerable girls are being lured into prostitution, sex trafficking and other forms of sexual exploitation using promises, manipulation, provision of drugs and alcohol and violence or threats of violence against family and friends. These children are in our schools, our sports arenas, dance studios and at weekend parties-they are being targeted online and in person by predators who pose as friends.

Human trafficking occurs domestically and internationally:

Domestic trafficking occurs when the entirety of the crime occurs within a country’s borders, and no international boundary is crossed. However, it is important to note that victims do not need to be moved from one location to another to be “trafficked”.
International trafficking occurs when a trafficker transports the citizen of one country into another country for the purpose of exploitation.

Human trafficking is a complex crime. It is facilitated by many factors, including the vulnerability of particular populations to exploitation, and the demand for low-cost goods and services. While no individual is immune from falling victim to human trafficking, vulnerable populations, such as Indigenous women and girls, are at higher risk.  It is a crime that is highly gendered, with root causes of exploitation, including a lack of education, social supports and employment opportunities, compounded by poverty, sexism, racism, and wage inequality.


CBC News Documentary

A lifetime of impact

For its perpetrators, also referred to as traffickers, it can be a low-risk, highly-profitable endeavour believed to be one of the fastest-growing crimes on a global basis, according to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC).

Traffickers use various methods to lure and groom potential victims. These methods often include intimidation, false work pretenses, or a technique in which the trafficker pretends to be romantically interested in their potential victim. Traffickers maintain control over their victims through the use of force, sexual or physical assault, threats of violence or blackmail, confinement, abuse of power, or preying on their vulnerabilities.

Victims often suffer physical, sexual, financial, emotional and psychological abuse, and often live and work in horrific conditions. Due to the harm and violence inflicted on victims, human trafficking is associated with substantial trauma, and recovery from its impacts can take a lifetime.

You Just Sold Her A Dream

Segment from Beaten, Branded, Bought and Sold
Toronto Star Documentary-December 2015