This workshop, focusing specifically on youth, will examine the scope of sex trafficking in Ontario and explore the issue to debunk widespread myths and misconceptions. Research demonstrates that girls entering adolescence who are either financially or emotionally vulnerable are the most at-risk population when it comes to being trafficked into the sex trade (Gabrielle et al., 2014; Perrin, 2010; RCMP, 2013). Many social service providers in clinical and non-clinical settings, child welfare workers, residential staff as well as foster parents and kin caregivers will come across youth and young adults who are victims/survivors of domestic sex trafficking.
This highly interactive training uses case examples and film clips to bring to light this concerning epidemic. Participants will learn ways to specifically engage this population, to better understand the trauma of being trafficked and most importantly prepare participants to provide specialized support and treatment to victims/survivors. Time will be allotted to explore your own case examples, challenges and triumphs.
- Explore personal feelings and values about sex work and human trafficking and discover how this effects how we work with victims/survivors.
- Examine the stages of commercial sexual exploitation.
- Identify risk and vulnerability factors as well as sex trafficking warning signs/indicators.
- Engage youth who are victims or at risk using trauma-based interventions to support victims/survivors of domestic sex trafficking.