Human trafficking prevention, Durham Region Human Trafficking

Shining the Light on Human Trafficking

Human Trafficking is prevalent.

Right here in Durham Region.

A Few Disturbing Stats!

97% of the sex trafficking victims are girls that are from our very own community.

The average age

of a girl who is trafficked in Durham is 13-14 years of age.

In the last 6 months, 41 young girls have been lured into human trafficking.

Who We Are

Set Free Durham is a new initiative born out of a desire to educate and bring awareness to the alarming growth of human trafficking in Durham Region. We are a not-for-profit, unregistered network of voluntarily associated Christian organizations located in Durham Region of the Province of Ontario.


Our Purpose: End modern slavery in Durham Region and create new futures. We proclaim a hopeful and just alternative to slavery, and engage in smart, effective, sustainable, and collaborative action toward raising awareness, prevention, protection and restoration.

What if we could stop it before it even starts?

Learn how you can help.

What is human trafficking?

Human trafficking is a crime and human rights abuse that’s sometimes called “modern day slavery.” Traffickers control people in many ways, including psychological manipulation, emotional abuse, lies, addiction, threats, violence, isolation, and taking control of ID/documents and money. Because this treatment can cause severe trauma, survivors often need intensive, specialized services and supports to rebuild their lives. Sometimes human trafficking is confused with human smuggling (across borders). In reality, most of the people trafficked in Ontario are girls and women who are Canadian citizens or permanent residents. While human trafficking is a vastly under-reported crime, Ontario is a major centre for human trafficking in Canada, with about two-thirds of reported cases arising in Ontario.

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