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Speaking truth to power on sex and labour trafficking. A podcast where former sex workers, survivors, front-line workers and advocates have fearless conversations about gender, racial and economic justice. Join us for SEASON 1 - YES, IN MY BACKYARD: Busting myths about human trafficking in Canada

The Traffik Report Elvira Truglia & Fay Faraday

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Speaking truth to power on sex and labour trafficking. A podcast where former sex workers, survivors, front-line workers and advocates have fearless conversations about gender, racial and economic justice. Join us for SEASON 1 - YES, IN MY BACKYARD: Busting myths about human trafficking in Canada

    EP6: Trafficking in the media: The pop culture episode!

    EP6: Trafficking in the media: The pop culture episode!

    We promised you something fun for our season finale, so here it is! We kick things off with the Traffik Report Collective playing a round of Karen Campbell’s Movie-Matchup Game: The Trafficking Edition. The Collective also joins us for a  movie review, or take down, of the movie  Taken! We interview collective member, Camilla Ho, about the Children of the Street program and the Youth Arts Engagement Project in BC which showcases how the arts really can be used to bust myths about trafficking. And we share our recommendations on books and movies that are an antidote to trafficking clichés we love to mock.

    On this episode (click on Chapters tab to go directly to the following episode segments): 
    Movie Match-Up: Can you guess what movie title goes with the movie description?Review/critique of Taken and its' trafficking tropesInterview with Camilla Ho on youth arts engagement program
    Hosted by Elvira Truglia and Fay Faraday
    RESOURCES:
    PLEA Community Services’ Children of the Street program
    Youth Art Engagement Project online Gallery 2021
    We’ll update the Gallery link when the 2022 art work is available (late spring 2022).
    These are some of the books and movies that Traffik Report Collective members recommended. 
    Non-Fiction Books:
    Jade H. Brooks, The Teen Sex Trade (Formac Publishing, 2017) and Renegade: Teen Sex Trade Part Two (Time Immemorial Publishing, 2021)
    Rachel Lloyd, Girls Like Us (HarperCollins, 2012)
    TV show: 
    The Deuce (HBO, 3 seasons: 2017-2019)
    Documentary:
    Migrant Dreams, Min Sook Lee, director (2016)
    Film:
    La Nuit Venue (Night Ride), Frédéric Farrucci, director (2019)
    Media literacy:
    MediaSmarts, Centre for Media and Digital Literacy
    If you have other recommendations you’d like to share, send us an email!
    Join the conversation
    We’re interested in your feedback and how the podcast can help build mutual aid and communities of practice.
    We’ll keep building our resource library through our show notes. If you have a helpful resource you would like to share, write to us with your suggestion!
    Contact us: info@thetraffikreport.ca
    Twitter: @TraffikReport
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/traffikreport/
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/traffikreport/

    Credits: This podcast is produced by Elvira Truglia and Fay Faraday. We thank the Canadian Women’s Foundation for their financial support which has made this work possible.

    Acknowledgement

    For all those listening to the podcast from coast to coast to coast on Turtle Island, we acknowledge that we are creating this work on the ancestral and unceded territory of all the Inuit, Metis, and First Nations people who call this land home. 

    • 1 hr 3 min
    EP5: The dynamics of gender, youth and exploitation

    EP5: The dynamics of gender, youth and exploitation

    This episode focuses on youth who are experiencing trafficking and sexual exploitation. The Traffik Report Collective gathers to ask: do we have to think about human trafficking differently when youth are involved? What does trafficking look like for girls and teens? And what has shifted during the pandemic? As front-line workers, how is advocating for youth different from advocating for adults? What are some of the challenges in supporting youth and what are some best practices?
    Hosted by Elvira Truglia and Fay Faraday
    Click on the 'Transcript' tab to read the show transcript.Link to the show transcript here.
    Resources:
    Binesiwag Center for Wellness (Fort Frances) (services rooted in Indigenous holistic wellness and direct support to 2SLGBTIAA+ folx, women and girls)
    Fort Frances Tribal Health Authority (Fort Frances) (supporting Indigenous women and youth)
    Mouvement contre le viol et l’inceste (Montreal) (supporting survivors of gender-based violence)
    Ndinawemaaganag Endaawaad Inc. (Ndinawe) (Winnipeg) (supporting Indigenous youth)
    PLEA Community Services Society of BC (Vancouver) (supporting youth experiencing or at risk of trafficking in BC)
    YWCA Halifax (supporting women and youth in Nova Scotia)
    FCJ Refugee Centre, Youth Alliance Against Human Trafficking (Toronto) (support for migrant youth at-risk of and in conditions of labour and sex exploitation) 

    National (supporting urban, rural, Northern & remote communities)
    CCR Youth Network:  The Youth Network gives refugee and newcomer youth a voice to address challenges faced by newcomer youth and a space to share ideas on how to meet these challenges.
    Canadian Women’s Foundation 
    The facts about barriers girls face

    Signal for Help
    “Signal for Help” is a simple one-handed sign someone can use on a video call. It can help a person silently show they need help and want someone to check in with them in a safe way.Girls Action Foundation has developed a series of publications and resources for girls' programmers and young leaders that are available to consult and download on-line. Viist their resource centre.

    Join the conversation
    We’re interested in your feedback and how the podcast can help build mutual aid and communities of practice.
    We’ll keep building our resource library through our show notes. If you have a helpful resource you would like to share, write to us with your suggestion!
    Contact us: info@thetraffikreport.ca
    Twitter: @TraffikReport
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/traffikreport/
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/traffikreport/

    Credits: This podcast is produced by Elvira Truglia and Fay Faraday. We thank the Canadian Women’s Foundation for their financial support which has made this work possible.


    Acknowledgement

    For all those listening to the podcast from coast to coast to coast on Turtle Island, we acknowledge that we are creating this work on the ancestral and unceded territory of all the Inuit, Metis, and First Nations people who call this land home.

    • 31 min
    EP4: Sex work versus sexual exploitation

    EP4: Sex work versus sexual exploitation

    We can’t talk about human trafficking without having difficult conversations. In this episode, the Traffik Report Collective takes on the polarized debates about the commercial sex trade. Some people working on the frontlines see the sex trade as fundamentally exploitative and think the solution is to abolish it altogether. Some look at it from a labour perspective and advocate to ensure the rights of sex workers are respected like other workers in the labour force. How do we break this polarized framework? How do we find common ground and trust in order place people who have experienced coercion at the centre of conversations? 
    Hosted by Elvira Truglia and Fay Faraday
    Click on the 'Transcript' tab to read the show transcript.Link to the show transcript here.
    Some resources
    We encourage you to host conversations in your community and do your own research on this topic. Here are a few resources to get you started:
    Causing harm while trying to help women in sex work, on OpenDemocracy.net
    Stop the Harm  from Anti-Trafficking Policies & Campaigns: Support Sex Workers’ Rights, Justice, and Dignity, by Butterfly, the Asian and Migrant Sex Workers Support Network 
    To find out more about the range of issues and perspectives about human trafficking, see the annotated bibliography on human trafficking by the Refugee Research Network.
    Join the conversation
    We’re interested in your feedback and how the podcast can help build mutual aid and communities of practice.
    We’ll keep building our resource library through our show notes. If you have a helpful resource you would like to share, write to us with your suggestion!
    Contact us: info@thetraffikreport.ca
    Twitter: @TraffikReport
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/traffikreport/
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/traffikreport/
    Credits: This podcast is produced by Elvira Truglia and Fay Faraday. We thank the Canadian Women’s Foundation for their financial support which has made this work possible.
    Acknowledgement
    For all those listening to the podcast from coast to coast to coast on Turtle Island, we acknowledge that we are creating this work on the ancestral and unceded territory of all the Inuit, Metis, and First Nations people who call this land home. 
    We are doing this work as a collaborative feminist, anti-racist, anti-colonial practice.

    • 36 min
    EP3: The false divide: labour versus sex trafficking

    EP3: The false divide: labour versus sex trafficking

    In this episode, we speak to three fierce advocates about the false divide between labour and sex trafficking in rural and urban communities. We look at how gender and economic coercion happen in forced marriage, migrant labour, and domestic and transnational sex trafficking. We ask, what connects these experiences? Is the label “trafficking” helpful to  survivors or service providers? How can services and legal remedies reflect the reality of this spectrum of exploitation? And, what might the post-COVID environment look like for survivors?
    Hosted by Elvira Truglia and Fay Faraday
    Click on the 'Transcript' tab to read the show transcript.
    Our guests:
    Deepa Mattoo is Executive Director of the Barbra Schlifer Commemorative Clinic in Toronto which provides legal, interpretation and counselling services to women, non-binary and trans people who experience gender-based violence, including in trafficking, documented and undocumented migrant work, undocumented sex work, and forced marriage.
    Shelley Gilbert is Coordinator of Social Work Services at Legal Assistance of Windsor and is responsible for the WEFiGHT Anti-Human Trafficking Project which provides direct services to survivors of domestic and international sex and labour trafficking, forced labour and forced marriage.
    Luis Alberto Mata leads the Anti-Human Trafficking Program at FCJ Refugee Centre in Toronto. The program takes a holistic approach to offering direct services to people who have been trafficked, walking with survivors through legal processes, immigration procedures, settlement and recovery. The program includes three projects, focusing respectively on migrant workers, migrant women and youth.
    More resources:
    On the show, we referred to “the spectrum of exploitation” as a way to bridge the divide between sex and labour trafficking. Click here to see how this idea is developed by the Canadian Council for Refugees (CCR).
    Our guests also pointed to challenges in recognizing labour trafficking. The case study below walks through how forced labour happens in Canada, the barriers to getting support for survivors, and what advocates say needs to change in policy. See: Infographic: Forced Labour Happens in Canada
    This episode mentions how difficult it is to access legal remedies and get convictions on human trafficking. CCR spoke to immigration and refugee lawyers across Canada for insight on what they need to improve access to legal services and avoid creating more harm for survivors. See: Trafficked Persons: Avoiding Collateral Harm
    For an overview of the laws, policies and remedies for trafficked persons, see: Human Trafficking and the Law: How to Protect Trafficked Persons. 
    To learn about Conditional Permanent Residence (a restrictive immigration policy that is now repealed) click here and here.
    Contact us: info@thetraffikreport.ca
    Twitter: @TraffikReport
    Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/traffikreport/

    Credits: This show was produced by Elvira Truglia and Fay Faraday. We thank the Canadian Women's Foundation for their financial support.

    • 1 hr 9 min
    EP2: Survivor Sisters: "0nce I told my story, I got my voice back"

    EP2: Survivor Sisters: "0nce I told my story, I got my voice back"

    In this powerful episode, two members of The Traffik Report Collective share their personal stories. Both from rural communities, Thunder and Jessica are former sex workers who identify as survivors of sex trafficking and sexual exploitation. In an open and honest conversation, Jessica and Thunder keep it real. They talk about what was unique about their situations, why they are sharing their stories, how their experiences shaped their lives and where they are today.
    Hosted by Elvira Truglia and Fay Faraday
    Click on the 'Transcript' tab to read the show transcript.
    Resources:
    Anyone who has experienced trafficking - including sex trafficking, labour trafficking, forced labour, forced marriage and other forms of gender and economic coercion - can reach out to the Canadian Human Trafficking Hotline operated by the Canadian Centre to End Human Trafficking which operates 24/7 at 1-833-900-1010. 

    You can also reach out to the organizations that are part of The Traffik Report Collective:
    Barbra Schlifer Commemorative Clinic (Toronto) (serving women, non-binary and trans folks experiencing gender-based violence, including in forced marriage and migration)
    Binesiwag Center for Wellness (Fort Frances) (services rooted in Indigenous holistic wellness across the lifespan including Mental Health, addictions, direct support to 2SLGBTIAA+ folx, women and girls, as well as capacity building)
    Canadian Council for Refugees (Montreal) (a network of organizations across the country supporting refugees and migrants, including undocumented migrants)
    Elizabeth Fry Society of Northern Alberta (Edmonton) (supporting Indigenous women in Northern Alberta)
    Fort Frances Tribal Health Authority (Fort Frances) (supporting Indigenous women and youth)
    Mouvement contre le viol et l’inceste (Montreal) (supporting survivors of gender-based violence)
    Ndinawemaaganag Endaawaad Inc. (Ndinawe) (Winnipeg) (supporting Indigenous youth)
    PLEA Community Services Society of BC (Vancouver) (supporting youth experiencing or at risk of trafficking in BC)
    YWCA Halifax (supporting women and youth in Nova Scotia)
    Join the conversation
    We’re interested in your feedback and how the podcast can help build mutual aid and communities of practice.

    We’ll keep building our resource library through our show notes. If you have a helpful resource you would like to share, write to us with your suggestion!
    Contact us: info@thetraffikreport.ca
    Twitter: @TraffikReport
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/traffikreport/
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/traffikreport/
    Credits: This podcast is produced by Elvira Truglia and Fay Faraday. We thank the Canadian Women’s Foundation for their financial support which has made this work possible.
    Acknowledgement

    For all those listening to the podcast from coast to coast to coast on Turtle Island, we acknowledge that we are creating this work on the ancestral and unceded territory of all the Inuit, Metis, and First Nations people who call this land home. 
    We are doing this work as a collaborative feminist, anti-racist, anti-colonial practice

    • 1 hr 3 min
    EP1: Herstory of trafficking: 120 years of regulating sex, morality and women's bodies

    EP1: Herstory of trafficking: 120 years of regulating sex, morality and women's bodies

    This season of The Traffik Report is all about busting myths that people have about what trafficking is, where it happens and who it affects. We kick the season off by asking, why do we even refer to the economic and sexual exploitation of women and gender diverse people as “trafficking”? Where does that word come from? What assumptions are built into it? Elvira Truglia interviews Fay Faraday about the word’s origins, steeped in colonial race fears and sexual panic, and how that narrative continues to shape legal and policy responses to this day.
    Hosted by Elvira Truglia and Fay Faraday

    Click on the 'Transcript' tab to read the show transcript.
    Resources:
    Here is a link to Fay’s 2019 report, Deconstructing ‘Trafficking’ that is discussed on the show. 
    This community-based research, prepared for the Barbra Schlifer Commemorative Clinic’s Migrant Women’s Rights Project, highlights the gaps between women’s lived experiences and dominant labour and sex trafficking approaches. Have a look at it and join the conversation to advance legal rights and design responsive service delivery for migrant women’s rights! 
    This week’s episode looks at how trafficking is framed in international law and policy. Here's a link to the Palermo Protocol under the UN Convention against Transnational Organized Crime that is the key document in international law addressing human trafficking.

    The International Organization on Migration (IOM) works to promote international cooperation on migration issues. In 2017, the IOM organized the Global Compact on Migration to discuss various challenges related to global migration. For insight on how trafficking issues are framed in today’s international context, take a look at the IOM’s thematic paper on Combatting Trafficking in Persons and Contemporary Forms of Slavery.
    To find out more about the range of issues and perspectives about human trafficking, see the annotated bibliography on human trafficking by the Refugee Research Network, commissioned by the Canadian Council for Refugees. The bibliography provides an overview of relevant literature on labour trafficking, forced labour, sex trafficking, forced marriage, child trafficking, violence against women, and issues that impact temporary foreign workers, non-status/undocumented workers, Indigenous women, and other groups.

    Join the conversation
    We’re interested in your feedback and how the podcast can help build mutual aid and communities of practice.
    In this episode, we launched a ‘name challenge’. Can you think of a better term for ‘human traffcking’? Write to us, post on Facebook or tag us @TraffikReport with your suggestions!
    Contact us: info@thetraffikreport.ca
    Twitter: @TraffikReport
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/traffikreport/

    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/traffikreport/
    Credits: This podcast is produced by Elvira Truglia and Fay Faraday. We thank the Canadian Women’s Foundation for their financial support which has made this work possible.
    Acknowledgement
    For all those listening to the podcast from coast to coast to coast on Turtle Island, we acknowledge that we are creating this work on the ancestral and unceded territory of all the Inuit, Metis, and First Nations people

    • 31 min

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