This afternoon I hosted a discussion about human sex trafficking in Leeds & Grenville. Approximately 100 people met to learn about this criminal activity from the OPP, Leeds and Grenville Victim Services and MPP Laurie Scott. The information is disturbing, the reality that it is going on in our part of Ontario is shocking – but this group of people – representing the public, NGOs, volunteer community groups, churches, social services, Upper Canada School Board, Brockville General hospital, the OPP, Brockville Police and the Mayors of North Grenville, Front of Young, Leeds and Thousand Islands, Township of Rideau Lakes and Merrickville-Wolford – offered their suggestions in three key areas : public education, prevention and intervention. Stay tuned – there is much more work to do.
We all committed to doing one thing in regards to public education – to tell 10 people. Hopefully this gets to more than 10 people, who will tell 10….
Many thanks to workshop presenters:
Sonya Jodoin, Victim Services Leeds & Grenville; MPP Steve Clark (Leeds & Grenville); MPP Laurie Scott (Haliburton, Kawartha Lakes, Brock); OPP Staff Sergeant Coyer Yateman