Voices in the Community

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Glenn Tremblay

Detective - Owen Sound Police Service

❝ ​Everybody says why Owen Sound, why not? 

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We do see some of the offenders come to Owen Sound to do that recruiting.  But we are seeing a lot of that social media interaction and the 'so-called victim' who doesn't know potentially that they are being recruited go to the bigger cities. And that's where it all begins, right, away from their family and that's that 'isolation' piece ... where you bring them into an area where they might not be familiar with and they don't have people there, and it makes it a lot easier for the offenders, right, so we do see it coming both ways.❞ 

- Quoted from Grey County Life Video - April 10, 2019 

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Jon Farmer

Coordinator - Violence Prevention Grey Bruce

❝ For the trafficking survivor, the thought of leaving without knowing where they’ll stay, how they’ll eat, or what they’ll do is terrifying.

 

Our service systems must be prepared to meet every one of the trafficking survivor’s basic needs from food and shelter to trust and connection before asking them to leave. ❞   

- Quoted from "Preventing Human Trafficking" - November 28, 2020

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VAW Crisis Relief Worker - The Women's Centre

❝ In Grey-Bruce risk factors have been identified as a lure to the city, direct line in and out of Owen Sound (Highway 6, 10, 26, and 400), as well as a heightened risk in Tourist locations, specifically Port towns such as Meaford, Port Elgin, Kincardine and Tobermory. There are also many transient men along Lake Huron.  

 

This list has been provided from Violence Prevention Grey Bruce and the Anti-Human Trafficking Committee.❞  

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Denise

Survivor - Grey-Bruce resident

❝ To have help to access support and funding for counselling services means the world to me, I have only recently started my healing journey, to put some sort of closure, or understanding of this, the after-care and quality of life after a person deals with this, is very underrated ... I wake up every day, remembering the whole ordeal, the aftermath, the feelings of guilt and shame.❞  

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Survivor - Grey-Bruce resident

❝ I was branded just over two years ago.  He cut so deep into my hand, that I have scars that will never go away.  It is a constant reminder that brings back depression and anxiety on a daily basis.  I am extremely grateful to have been able to access services that will allow me to receive paramedical tattooing for free to camouflage this mark.  Because of this, I will be able to put some of the trauma of my past behind me.❞  

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Jessica

Survivor - Organizer of Save the Children:

End Human Trafficking March (OS)

❝ It is imperative that we as a community come together to fight injustice and create awareness. As a former victim of human trafficking, I can attest to the fact that without the help from agencies, police, and members of the community I would not be here today, fighting for the freedom of others in need.❞