Sex Trafficking of Women to Canada: Results from a Qualitative Metasynthesis of Empirical Research

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Timoshkina, Natalya & Lynn McDonald
*numerous interesting findings *recommendations, including those about policy and services: •Ensure adequate training for law enforcement and immigration officers on identification of, and competent responses to, cases of sex trafficking. •Create a new immigration category for trafficked persons (similar to T-1 Visa in the U.S.) or a special humanitarian and compassionate grounds sub-category. Trafficked victims should not be pressured to testify against their traffickers. •Provide migrant workers with opportunities to establish permanent residency in Canada and to reunite with family. •Strengthen coordination and collaboration between immigration authorities, law enforcement, NGOs and other relevant stakeholders in response to human trafficking. •Develop relevant local, national and international counter-trafficking partnerships and initiatives. •Develop comprehensive, multilingual information kits pertaining to Canadian immigration and labour policies, laws, regulations, migrants’ and workers’ rights, and health and social services. Kits should be distributed through Canadian embassies, consulates and missions abroad, and at the Canadian ports of entry, to all temporary workers, visitors, and students. •Ensure accessibility and effectiveness of services for trafficked persons.
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