A man from the Greater Toronto Area is facing human trafficking charges after Windsor police found a female teen in a state of distress in a motel parking lot on Huron Church Road. Patrol officers responded around 11 a. Saturday to information from Toronto police that a female youth in crisis was potentially in the Windsor area. Search efforts began for the female subject in Windsor. Within an hour, officers found her in the parking lot of a motel in the block of Huron Church Road. The girl told the officers that she had travelled to Windsor with an adult male from Toronto.
Sex trafficking involves some form of forced or coerced sexual exploitation that is not limited to prostitution, and has become a significant and growing problem in both the United States and the larger global community. Victims of sex trafficking acquire adverse physical and psychological health conditions and social disadvantages. Thus, sex trafficking is a critical health issue with broader social implications that requires both medical and legal attention. Healthcare professionals can work to improve the screening, identification, and assistance of victims of sex trafficking in a clinical setting and help these women and girls access legal and social services.
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Carla Smith, chairwoman of the Cambria County Human Trafficking Response Team, discusses how the issue of sex trafficking is changing and risks children and teens can face in an interview Jan. Diana Grosik, executive director of the Cambria County Child Advocacy Center in Richland Township, discusses the risks children and teens encounter that can result in sex trafficking in an interview Jan. The Cambria County Transit Authority has posted messages about human trafficking on some of its buses to help spread awareness of the risks and to help people recognize the signs of trafficking. This bus was picking up passengers Jan. A teen enticed to share photographs of himself naked with someone on the internet or social media. These are all examples of potential human-trafficking scenarios that could put young people at risk. Carla Smith, chairwoman of the Cambria County Human Trafficking Response Team, said teens and their parents need to know the dangers around them.
While in fewer than 20, cases had been recorded, the number of cases recorded in had jumped to over 25, Over the last decade, the capacity of national authorities to track and assess patterns and flows of human trafficking has improved in many parts of the world. In , only 26 countries had an institution which systematically collected and disseminated data on trafficking cases, while by , the number had risen to In Central Asia, a larger share of adult men is detected compared to other regions, while in Central America and the Caribbean, more girls are recorded. Most of the victims detected globally are trafficked for sexual exploitation, especially in the Americas, Europe, and East Asia and the Pacific.