Here is a backgrounder on human trafficking and how recent changes to Canada’s immigration system makes more migrants vulnerable to extreme exploitation.
“In recent years, Canada has increasingly shifted its focus from permanent to more precarious temporary immigration. More workers are now being brought into Canada on a temporary basis with fewer rights than other workers to fill labour needs. These conditions and the lack of employment options available to them have made migrant workers extremely vulnerable to abuse and exploitation. Trafficking in persons is the most extreme form of exploitation faced by migrant workers in Canada.”
“In 2010, 23 Hungarian men were trafficked to Canada. They were forced to make refugee claims, their documents were taken away and they were made to work on construction sites up to seven days a week without pay and to participate in criminal activities. They were threatened and some were physically assaulted. They were monitored, controlled and forced to live in the basement of their traffickers’ homes. Had they faced the new legal barriers, they likely would not have received protection in Canada.”