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National Inuit organization, RCMP start work to prevent human trafficking – cbc

Mar 05, 2023

‘When Inuit women move south, they are at risk’ — Pauktuutit Inuit Women of Canada president

The national organization representing Inuit says it’s ready to start working with the RCMP to protect Inuit from human trafficking networks — especially in southern communities where they are more vulnerable.

Natan Obed, president of Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami (ITK), said something must be done about Inuit who go south for services — such as health care and education — and become targets for human traffickers.

Obed said the problem is worst in cities like Montreal and Ottawa, places that have seen a number of high-profile trafficking cases that ended in the deaths of Inuit women.

“This is something that is a very Inuit specific consideration and concern,” Obed said.

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