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Yoleen Naidoo is the founder of Coffee of Encouragement. Every year in the month of October, she encourages us to buy a cup of tea or coffee for our family and friends for the sole purpose of encouraging them. At, we have found out that Yoleen practises what she preaches. Her support is unequivocally staunch. For this, we are grateful. This year, Coffee of Encouragement would like to get us talking about the scourge of human trafficking in Edmonton. Human trafficking is not a problem for poor and rich people. Any one can be trafficked, black, white, brown people from the ages of 14- 25. It is a huge problem in Edmonton, the government is pumping millions of Canadian dollars to stem it.

Listen on for how to protect your loved ones from being trafficked.

What is trafficking?

According to Public Safety Canada, Human trafficking is defined ” Human trafficking, or trafficking in persons, is one of the most heinous crimes imaginable, often described as a modern day form of slavery. Human trafficking involves the recruitment, transportation, harbouring and/or exercising control, direction or influence over the movements of a person in order to exploit that person, typically through sexual exploitation or forced labour. Victims, mostly women and children, are deprived of their normal lives and compelled to provide labour or sexual services, through a variety of coercive practices, all for the direct profit of their perpetrators. Exploitation often occurs through intimidation, force, sexual assault and threats of violence to the victims or their families.

Human trafficking differs from human smuggling, as the latter implies the consent of the person who usually pays large sums of money to be smuggled and is free upon arrival at destination.

On September 4, 2019, the Government of Canada announced an investment of $57.22 million over five years, starting in 2019-20, and $10.28 million annually thereafter, in new federal funding to combat human trafficking under a National Strategy to Combat Human Trafficking (National Strategy).”

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