What’s Current: Sex trafficking of girls on the rise in Canada

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  • The sex trafficking of girls is on the rise in Canada, particularly in Ontario. According to government statistics, 28 per cent of all trafficking victims in the country are under 18 years of age and 97 per cent of all cases involve women and girls.
  • Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau responded to a New York Times article criticizing Pornhub’s involvement in child sex trafficking, vowing to work with police organizations. 
  • A leading law professor was censored during a debate on free speech at The Open University for criticizing gender identity legislation. Alistair Bonnington, who taught Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, referred to a Scottish Hate Crime Bill that would criminalize identifying trans women as men, saying: “It looks like feminists in Scotland can look forward to incarceration. Poor J.K. Rowling may need to become an exile like Voltaire.”
  • Female trafficking survivors in the UK were placed in “inappropriate and insecure” housing that placed them at risk for being re-trafficked, according to a report from anti-trafficking charity Hibiscus Initiatives.
Genevieve Gluck

Genevieve Gluck is a writer and advocate for women's sex-based rights and creator of Women's Voices, an audio library dedicated to bringing awareness to feminist texts and speeches.