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Durham Victims Service launches rig wrap April 2, 2024. Photo: KHT

29th rig wrap launched in Durham April 2

Know Human Trafficking, sponsors and community members work together

Victim Services of Durham Region, Team Pucci Real Estate – Sutton Group Heritage Realty Inc. Brokerage, Speedy Transport, and community members at the April 3 Know Human Trafficking event in Durham on April 3, 2024. Photo: KHT

Know Human Trafficking launched its 29th truck wrap on April 2nd, sponsored by Victim Services of Durham Region.

The highly-visible truck wraps are one component of Know Human Trafficking’s campaign raise public awareness about human trafficking and educate people about how they can help those at risk.

As this form of modern-day slavery is on the rise all around Canada and especially in Ontario, supporters believe it is essential to deliver a consistent message to keep people informed and engaged with the cause.

“It’s absolutely heart-wrenching,” Samantha Clarke of Know Human Trafficking told RWN. “I’m a mother, a sister, and an aunt – it is just heartbreaking to know about the situations girls as young as 12 can get caught up in.”

Human trafficking involves the recruitment, transportation, harbouring and/ or exercising control, direction or influence over the movements of a person in order to exploit that person, typically through sexual exploitation or forced labour.

It is often characterized as a “low risk/high reward activity” because of the fact that the crime is clandestine, therefore difficult to detect and investigate, which contributes to the relatively low prosecution rates worldwide. Victims can be exploited over and over for the financial or material benefit of the traffickers making this crime lucrative. The United Nations (UN) has estimated that this illegal activity generates approximately $32 billion (US) annually for its perpetrators.