Mr. Speaker, tomorrow is National Human Trafficking Awareness Day, as my colleague has just said.
Human trafficking is a form of modern slavery that turns people into objects to be used and exploited. In Canada, human trafficking takes on many forms, including sex trafficking, forced labour, forced marriages, organ trafficking and cybersex trafficking. Ninety-three per cent of the victims are Canadian, 97% are women and children, and 50% are indigenous.
Slavery is used in many of the products that Canada imports. Human trafficking is vicious, it is profitable and it is growing. It is time to end human trafficking.
There are four things people can do on February 22 and every day thereafter: One, learn about it; two, tell others; three, support anti- trafficking organizations; and four, get involved politically.