It's better to leave a young girl under the control of her pimp than encourage her to escape and leave her stranded. - Katarina MacLeod, Rising Angels
Trafficked teenagers have no one to turn to for help except the 45 year old men that use them for sex.
"We are educated people. We did not know that by letting Jessie go play basketball in a recreation centre in our neighbourhood that this could happen to her."
Continuing Part 4 of the Toronto Star Investigation into human trafficking. Typical victims are not brought in from other countries. They come from all Toronto neighbourhoods and are typically young (under 18).
One sex worker had a client who said he was a judge in Toronto...Another sex worker was seeing a john regularly who one day called her, said he was a police officer and warned her of a raid on the hotel she was prostituting out of.
Girls are now being recruited through online dating sites like Plenty of Fish and Tinder and then being sold on Backpage.com. Completely hidden from public view.
"I've met girls who have been assaulted so badly they've ingested their own teeth." - Det. David Correa, Toronto Police
When wages under minimum wage become common practice, it is incumbent upon the consumer to make the educated, sustainable decision. If clients started asking "Are your employees considered employees or contractors?" and "How much per hour do they make?" these exploitative practices would disappear.