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Human trafficking is recruiting, transporting, transferring, receiving, holding, concealing, harbouring, or exercising control over a person for the purpose of exploiting them.
In recent years, there has been a noticeable emphasis on "hypersexualization" in television ads and programs, the Internet, and particularly in music lyrics and videos. It may be easy to be attracted to a pimp or drawn into a certain lifestyle because parts of it look to be glamorous and rewarding.
It can be as simple as someone messaging you on a social networking site, asking to be friends and wanting to get to know you.
Pimps can be human traffickers
Key in the human trafficking world
Males or females
called "madams" or "pimps"
Both mean the same
Using girls and even boys to make money
And that's "The Game"
Don't think it's chill
You don't want to get stuck in "The Game"
It's about making money from prostitution
And it doesn't happen overnight
This is what happens
Recruitment, control, isolation
This is how you get trapped
This can happen to anyone
At parties, shopping malls, bars
Your favorite hangouts
Bus stops, train stations, airports
Places you wouldn't think of
Youth centres, shelters, schools
Where you think you might be safe
On the street, on the Internet
Be on the lookout
You're young and innocent
Pimps take advantage of your trust
You may have no money,
Feeling down, facing a challenge in your life
Not getting along with your parents
Lack of attention or feeling of love
Have few friends .
Pimps will be there
Pretending to be your friend
Sometimes even your boyfriend or girlfriend
Oh! You'll get the royal treatment
They will buy you things
Brand name shoes, clothes and purses
Take you out to restaurants
Even offer you a place to stay
You may fall in love
Yes they make you feel like a prince or princess
Once you're "recruited",
Pimps will isolate you
From your family and friends
This is how it's done
Compliments and attention
Oh! Much you'll get
More than you would have experienced before, really
You might feel understood
They will gain your trust, your love, your loyalty
All to brainwash and manipulate you
Time to get serious
Pimps can get violent
Find ways to control you
Limit your talking to family or friends
Listen to your phone calls
You'll get scared
If that's not enough
Holding, hitting, choking, raping
And this is not the end
Your world will change
You are forced to do things you don't want to
Dancing for money
Sex with others
You try to say "NO"
You are removed from
your friends and family
No one to turn to
They put you down
Break you down
It doesn't stop
They say you owe
For rent, gifts, food
They make you feel you have no way out
They make you feel you owe them something
Now they own you
Pimps lay the rules
Dropping you off and picking you up
Checking up on you
You do what you're told and give them what you've earned
They might tell you it's for your future
Pimps who traffic people are committing crimes and will be prosecuted
What's in "The Game" for the pimp
Making tons of money
All the money goes to them
All for them
They don't care about you
They only lookout for themselves
You are just a pawn in "The Game"
Be the best at "The Game"
That's what the pimps want to be
Don't get trapped in "The Game"
Forced Prostitution = Human Trafficking = Crime
If you or someone you know is a victim of human trafficking, call your local police.
If you wish to report a crime anonymously, call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477
If you or someone you know needs help, speak to a trusted adult (family member, teacher or school counselor), or contact a counselor anonymously at the Kids Help Phone at 1-800-668-6868 or online at www.kidshelpphone.ca.
For more information about human trafficking, visit the Centre for Youth Crime Prevention.