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Elected Council declares Human Trafficking Awareness Day for Six Nations

Elected Council declares Human Trafficking Awareness Day for Six Nations

OHSWEKEN — Six Nations Elected Council took steps to declare February 22, 2019 as National Human Trafficking Awareness Day at Six Nations of the Grand River. The motion to approve the declaration was passed at Monday’s Committee of the Whole meeting. The declaration says that during National Human Trafficking Awareness Day and throughout the remainder

OHSWEKEN — Six Nations Elected Council took steps to declare February 22, 2019 as National Human Trafficking Awareness Day at Six Nations of the Grand River.

The motion to approve the declaration was passed at Monday’s Committee of the Whole meeting.

The declaration says that during National Human Trafficking Awareness Day and throughout the remainder of 2019 that Six Nations of the Grand river will “recognize victims and survivors of human trafficking and … will remain committed to addressing and advancing survivors of human trafficking issues.”

Human sex trafficking is a crime and human rights abuse, according to information from the province of Ontario.

Those at risk include youth as young as 12 years old and vulnerable persons including those experiencing poverty, abuse, isolation or other social or family issues.

Women and girls are typically victimized, however boys, men and LGBTQ persons are also targeted.

If you or someone you know are in immediate danger or suspect that a child under 18 is being trafficked, officials say you should call 911 or your local police service. There is also a confidential Human Trafficking Helpline in Ontario toll-free at 1-833-999-9211.

Nahnda Garlow

Nahnda Garlow

Nahnda Garlow, Onondaga under the wing of the Beaver Clan of Six Nations, is Outreach Editor for the Two Row Times. Her popular column, Scone Dogs and Seed Beads brings weekly thoughts on current day indigenous identity. Nahnda has been a journalist with the Two Row Times since it's founding in 2013. She studied Journalism, Human Rights and Indigenous Studies at Laurier University. She is a self-proclaimed "rez girl" who also brings to the Two Row Times years of experience as a Haudenosaunee cultural interpreter, traditional dancer and beadwork aficionado. Nahnda is a member of the Canadian Association of Journalists and the Native American Journalists Association.

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