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Toronto a focal point for human trafficking: report

A study released by the Alliance Against Modern Slavery conference identified Toronto as the “most common destination” of human trafficking in Ontario, and a “hub” of national and international trafficking routes.

The authors of the report looked at 551 human trafficking cases that involved Ontario from 2011 through December of 2013.

Those cases saw people brought in from 18 different countries such as Afghanistan, the U.S., the Philippines, and India. The report indicates these people were victims of forced labour, forced marriage, and sexual exploitation.

The flow wasn’t only into Canada, as the report says people were also trafficked out of this country to Afghanistan, England and the U.S.

Toronto police arrested eight people and filed more than 40 human trafficking charges earlier this month. Police allege that gang members had been recruiting young girls for prostitution work under the threat of violence.