Human trafficking survivors to speak at St. Catharines meeting this week

A group of dedicated people is hosting a meeting in St.Catharines Wednesday night to combat the growing problem of human trafficking.

Survivor Caroline Pugh-Roberts joined CKTB's Lee Sterry saying she is really hoping that parents with teens attend the meeting at the St. Catharines Centennial Library so they can spot red flags.

The Niagara District Council of Women has organized the free event to address various question surrounding the issue such as who is being trafficked, who is responsible, and what supports are in place for victims.

It starts at 7:30 Wednesday night at the library branch at 54 Church Street.

Speakers include Suzanne Mason, a Public Education Co-ordinator Niagara Regional Sexual Assault Centre, Staff Sergeant Shawn Clarkson, and Detective Sergeant Chris Lemaich.

Everyone is welcome to attend.

Public Safety Canada defines human trafficking as "the recruitment, transportation, harbouring and/or exercising control, direction or influence over the movements of a person in order to exploit that person, typically through sexual exploitation or forced labour.