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Awareness event aims to help end human trafficking

The event organizers hoped to connect people with resources that might help those who have been targeted.
Cindy Paypompee, co-chair, Thunder Bay Coalition to End Human Trafficking

THUNDER BAY – An event was held at Intercity Shopping Centre on Thursday to raise awareness about human trafficking and the resources available for those who believe they or a loved one has been a victim.

The Thunder Bay Coalition to End Human Trafficking held its annual Human Trafficking Awareness Day on Thursday.

Ontario is a major centre for human trafficking -- with roughly 66 per cent of reported cases Canada-wide coming from the province.

According to the Coalition to End Human Trafficking, Thunder Bay is one of the top six hubs in Ontario for human trafficking, which is why Cindy Paypompee, co-chair of the coalition, said its important to hold these events.

“it's just to bring awareness about human trafficking in our community and to let the community know what services we have. So, some of our coalition members are here today to share our services,” she said.

Community Living Thunder Bay has had a seat on the coalition table since it was founded. Angeline Grover, who works in its transitional age youth program, said its important for many organizations to come together to raise awareness.

“Some people don't even realize that human trafficking is happening in our community,” she said. “So, awareness events are always really important."

The coalition is planning to host more events throughout the year.

More information regarding human trafficking can be found at

Justin Hardy

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