Last week, a Red Deer man and woman were charged with human trafficking following a lengthy investigation into the alleged abuse of eight temporary foreign workers at the Econo Lodge in Red Deer’s Gasoline Alley.
Human trafficking – the act of forcing, coercing, or deceiving an individual into providing sex or labour for the personal gain of another – is an extreme form of exploitation that is happening right here in Alberta.
“Over the past few years we’ve seen this issue receive increased attention from government, law enforcement, and the public,” says Andrea Burkhart, Executive Director of ACT Alberta. “Unfortunately, the discourse on human trafficking tends to sensationalize and misrepresent its reality here in Alberta.”
In recognition of National Victims of Crime Awareness Week, ACT Alberta is taking tangible steps to correct the misunderstandings about human trafficking. On April 20, ACT Alberta launched a myth-busting infographic outlining prevalent myths and discussing the realities here in Alberta.
ACT Alberta works collaboratively with government agencies, law enforcement, and service providers to coordinate services for victims of human trafficking in our province. ACT Alberta manages a Victim Assistance Fund, provides training and education, researches and collects data on human trafficking, and builds capacity for community-based responses to human trafficking.
For more information about ACT Alberta go to the website.