City Hall sizes up battle against human trafficking
City Hall is investigating ways to clamp down on human trafficking.
Mayor Rob Ford's executive committee accepted a report on Tuesday that recommends Toronto start working with groups that aim to get people who have been forced into the sex trade, mostly young women and girls, out of situations that result in their exploitation.
"This is an ongoing, serious matter that affects people everywhere in Canada and I think its of paramount important to the City of Toronto," says Councillor Pail Ainslie.
A report from city staffers says that Toronto is the largest hub in the country for human trafficking.
Staff suggest using education as a weapon, urging the city to work with Toronto Police and other levels of government to educate councillors and city staff on issues surrounding human trafficking and the steps that can be taken to combat it.
The report also recommends the city consider where it spends advertising dollars, pointing out that City Hall places ads in online and print publications that also prints for escort services, which may facilitate the crime by connecting victims of trafficking with people who might wish to exploit them.
The executive committee told staff to investigate whether placing those ads do end up supporting human traffickers.
They will also report back on how other municipalities deal with the issue.