Stop! Les Inuits du Nunavut sont exposés à l’exploitation d’enfants et au trafic d’êtres humains!

Helen Roos de chez Roos-Remillard Consulting Services est la principale initiatrice d’un rapport de 144p.  publié en novembre 2013 sur le trafic des êtres humains et l’exploitation sexuelle au Nunavut, dans le Grand Nord canadien. Ce rapport remis au département de la justice est intitulé  “Service and Capacity Review For Victims of Sexual Exploitation and Human Trafficking in Nunavut »

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Le Rapport  indique notamment que:

– the Inuit communities are vulnerable because of the high rates of extreme poverty, shortage of housing, cost of living, unemployment, lack of activities and history of family violence (family breakdown, parental conflict, inceste…)… « …We are easy targets for drugs and alcohol. They use our addictions as a means to exploit us…p.130… »;    

– The ability for a family member, a romantic partner or a trusted friend to identify the most vulnerable aspects of a victim and use the relationship to deceive, threaten and exploit, is the most common scenario in Nunavut communities and across Canada… 

Examples :

« … An Inuk man in one community was intercepted quickly after someone saw a Facebook post offering a young Inuit child in another community for sale for money… p.45… ». 

« … Abuse has become so normalized and acculturated, with a cone of silence, retribution and retaliation around youth, that for many the only perceived outlet for attention is to force treatment by attempting suicide or inflicting self-harm through alcohol poisoning, drug abuse, or overt sexualization… p.56… ».  

« … The activities of certain taxi drivers in the North, particularly in Iqaluit, are well known… more disturbing are the informal disclosures from children as young as 10 years old and teens during two site visits that certain taxi drivers have requested their phone numbers for texting, name to add them to Facebook or invitations to come to house parties…p.88… ».

« … A longtime resident of Nunavut – recounted a request made by an American woman, who asked whether the frontline worker knew of any Inuit who would be interested in selling a kidney… p.66… ».  

Roos-Remillard Consulting Services made several recommendations to stop human trafficking including  more funding – development and training – better protection of children and youth – community-based programs and services – greater public awareness…(read pages 136 to 145).

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« …they can call to get help, and that they are encouraged to report suspicious activity or information on sexual exploitation. Otherwise, without information and intelligence, the predators will continue to target Inuit youth and adults… ».

« … Various activities were recommended to assist in explaining the nature of human trafficking and the context for Inuit in Nunavut and urban centres, such as: …A fact sheet for exploitation and trafficking prevention – « >Production of a secondary resource paper – Video of Inuit survivor voices and scenarios for training and public outreach – A training toolkit for frontline social services, health and shelter workers, particularly on healing models for children who witness violence and trafficking activities –  An infographic on a common scenario and the impact on the victim and penalties Age-appropriate presentations to schools, youth centres and community meetings with a focus on educating parents – Trilingual English/French/Inuktitut materials – Local community radio call-in program…p.80… »… For further info, feel free to surf here under  Roos-Remillard Consulting Services website>> 

 

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