The final report of the study, “Labour Trafficking in Edmonton: Holding Tight to a Double-Edged Sword” has officially been released. This project, the first of its kind in Canada, explores the hidden intricacies of labour trafficking in Edmonton. Through interviews and focus groups with local experts, criminal justice representatives, government officials, and service providers, this study has produced a local body of knowledge on the realities of labour trafficking in Edmonton. This study found that the Temporary Foreign Worker Program is the primary vehicle by which labour trafficking occurs in Edmonton. Recruiters and employers manipulate this program and traffic workers both into and across Canada. Many businesses in Edmonton reap immense profits off the backs of victims of labour trafficking, who often work and live in deplorable conditions.
Many people who are trafficked walk and live among us in plain sight,” says Andrea Burkhart, Executive Director of ACT Alberta. “They are paid so little they often cannot feed or house themselves. We need to work together to protect victims and stop this abuse from happening.
Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities states,
ACT Alberta does critically important work in Edmonton and across the province to help victims and frontline service providers, support law enforcement, and raise awareness of the dangers posed by human trafficking. I am proud to be a part of a government that recognizes the importance of combating human trafficking in our communities.
This project was funded by Public Safety Canada and Tammy Johnson.
Download the ACT Alberta Study on Labour Trafficking in Edmonton
For more information please contact:
Executive Director, ACT Alberta
Amarjeet Sohi, MP