Stories and signs: tales from the U.K. of the trafficking of men and boys for forced labour, with questions for Canada
Recorded on: July 26, 3:00 PM EDT
Duration: 60 min
Human trafficking takes many forms, but most of the time people tend to focus on the trafficking of women and girls for sexual exploitation. Particularly within Canada, the emphasis on domestic sex trafficking, while crucial, may detract from identifying, preventing and responding to other forms of exploitation. Drawing on six years of experience in the UK, this webinar will highlight personal stories of encounters with survivors and frontline responders: from a Nigerian boy forced into domestic servitude by his aunt, to an Indian student tricked into working at a restaurant without pay; from Romanian boys coerced into begging and street crime, to Chinese men who drowned picking shellfish on the beach; from a Vietnamese boy trafficked around the world to cultivate cannabis, to homeless young men kept as slaves and forced into construction work. Do these forms of trafficking occur in Canada? Would we notice if they did? Let us know what you think. Bring your questions and insights, and we look forward to having you join us.
Simon Chorley serves as International Programs Manager at UNICEF Canada. He is the organization's focal point on innovation, government resource mobilization, and business engagement on children's rights, particularly within the mining industry. Prior to his role at UNICEF Canada, Simon served for six years as UK Coordinator for a leading international anti-human trafficking organization in London, England. He was born in Manchester, England, grew up in East Africa, and currently lives in Ontario, Canada, with his wife and two children.