Passing through one of the many OnRoute stations on Ontario highways, you may, as of Tuesday morning, spot a new human trafficking awareness campaign.
A short video playing on the screens at the rest stops, including the one off the 400 in Barrie, and offer a way out to anyone caught up in the dark world of human trafficking. Folks are encourage to talk about the video online, through the hashtag ProjectMapleLeaf.
That it will be a fixture at the side of major highways is key, according to Inspector Tina Chalk, head of the Counter Exploitation and Missing Persons Unit at the OPP. “If you were trafficked from Orillia to Toronto, or from Toronto to Orillia, how would you get there? On a major highway.”
We attended Project #ONroute events in #Innisfil #Barrie this morning to raise awareness about #HumanTrafficking. 60% of all human trafficking in Canada is initiated along #400 series highways. #ProjectMapleLeaf #KnowHumanTrafficking pic.twitter.com/Yds7XGMrIY— South Simcoe Police (@SouthSimcoePS) July 30, 2019
Up to sixty per cent of all Human Trafficking involves using a 400-series highway, according to the South Simcoe Police, while OPP stats show the majority of human trafficking victims are female, and between 15 to 17 years of age.
For more information on how to recognize human trafficking, or to report it, visit the OPP website.