Human Trafficking Highlighted At Barrie OnRoute

Sixty Per Cent of Human Trafficking in Canada Involves a 400-Series Highway

Passing through one of the many OnRoute stations on Ontario highways, you may, as of Tuesday morning, spot a new human trafficking awareness campaign.

The Inaugural Screening of the Awareness Video At the Barrie OnRoute

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.

Orillia Mayor Steve Clarke and Barrie Mayor Jeff Lehman Listen To The Grim Statistics On Human Trafficking

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.”

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.