Anti-Sex Trafficking Initiative

Human trafficking includes sex trafficking – when someone is forced to sell sex against their will for someone else’s profit. 93% of sex trafficking victims are Canadian citizens. 

This is a growing crime in Canada.

How does it happen?

Where to get help

If you or someone you know may be a victim of #HumanTrafficking,
contact the Canadian Human Trafficking Hotline at 1-833-900-1010 or online chat.

Access the Canadian Human Trafficking Hotline

Our Work

In the lead up to our 2019 Summit, CivicAction found that many people did not know the facts on sex trafficking in our region. 

In advance of National Human Trafficking Awareness Day on Feburary 22, 2020, we dug into this and partnered with Centennial College to release a new survey on sex trafficking in Canada. The survey found:

  • 73% of Canadians believe sex trafficking starts with an abduction off the streets and 47% equate it with being kidnapped and forced to trade sex for money.
  • 85% of Canadians think strangers are the sex traffickers.  

These results reinforce common myths and the limitations in the ability to spot the signs of sex trafficking.

We need to better educate the public on spotting the signs and where to go for help. CivicAction has launched a Champions Council of experts, police, survivors, community organizations and the private sector together to do just that.  

Champions Council

CivicAction’s Anti-Sex Trafficking Champions Council is comprised of over 25 senior leaders across the GTHA who are committed to taking action to prevent and end sex trafficking in the region.


  • Grant Mick, Scotiabank: SVP Internal Controls, Canadian Banking

Council Members

  • Alexandra Dagg, Public Policy Manager, Airbnb
  • Amanda Galbraith, Principal, Navigator Ltd.
  • Andrew Weir, Executive Vice President & Chief Marketing Officer, Tourism Toronto
  • Brian Cammack, Regional Vice President Human Resources, Marriott Hotels of Canada
  • Carly Kalish, Executive Director, Victim Services of Durham Region
  • Casandra Diamond, Founder/Director, BridgeNorth Women’s Mentorship and Advocacy Services
  • Craig D’Souza, Global Head Intelligence, Security Facebook, Whatsapp, Instagram
  • D/S/Sgt. Coyer Yateman, Det. Staff Sgt, Ontario Provincial Police
  • David Correa, Detective, Toronto Police Services
  • Jane Pyper, Chief Operations and Service Officer, YMCA of Greater Toronto
  • Jennifer Fiddian-Green, Partner, Grant Thornton
  • Julia Drydyk, Executive Director, The Canadian Centre to End Human Trafficking
  • Kim Howson, 2017 DiverseCity Fellow
  • Leanne Nicolle, President and CEO, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Toronto
  • Leonardo Real, Chief Compliance Officer, Tether
  • Lisa Cotton, Marketing Manager, Covenant House
  • Matthew Dodds, Parents
  • Meaghan Gray, Information & Issues Management Head, Corporate Communications, Toronto Police Service
  • Morva Rohani, Senior Public Policy Associate, Uber Canada
  • Rhonelle Bruder, Founder & Executive Director, RISE Initiative
  • Scott Evans, General Manager, Edelman

Special Advisors

  • Sarah Fulford, Editor-in-Chief, Toronto Life
  • Michael Boole, Manager, Anti-Money Laundering – Intelligence Sector, FINTRAC
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