Challenging Trafficking in Canada Policy Brief

The Centre for Feminist Research is proud to publish Challenging Trafficking in Canada: Policy Brief (July 2017), edited by CFR Research Associate and Professor in Social Science Kamala Kempadoo and PhD candidate in Anthropology Nicole McFadyen, with assistance from Phillip Pilon, Andrea Sterling and Alex Mackenzie, and research contributions by York graduate students in Gender, Feminist and Women's Studies, Development Studies and Socio-legal Studies.

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Challenging Trafficking in Canada presents information about human trafficking interventions as they impact sex workers, Indigenous women, migrants, youth, and other marginalized groups.

Drawing from established research and consultations with organizations around the country, the policy brief analyses how anti-trafficking policies, laws and practices often cause violence and harm to those they are intended to help, especially Indigenous, racialized and migrant sex workers. It offers an alternative to misinformation, exaggerations and unfounded claims that often circulate through the media and public discussion. The brief presents recommendations to guide policymaking and action that will support human rights and justice for all.