A SCATHING RESPONSE TO CANADA'S FEDERAL HUMAN TRAFFICKING REPORT
In December 2018, the Standing Committee on Justice & Human Rights released its "Moving Forward in the Fight Against Human Trafficking in Canada" report.
The Committee and the report failed sex workers by continuing the harmful conflation of sex work with trafficking.
As a member of the Canadian Alliance of Sex Work Law Reform, SWAN contributed to the critical response that formally called out the report's failings: "Moving Backwards in the Fight Against Human Trafficking in Canada: An analysis of and response to the Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights."
Prior to the release of its report, the Committee held hearings in Ottawa and across Canada between February and May 2018 to hear evidence from a wide variety of stakeholders regarding human trafficking. The Committee heard from more than 50 witnesses, and it received an additional 60 written submissions.
In a formal presentation to the Committee on 9 March 2018, SWAN provided a written submission: "Realities of the Anti-Trafficked: How Canada's Human Trafficking Response Increases Vulnerability for Im/Migrant Sex Workers"