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Report Annexes

Report Annexes

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Published by James Henry Bell
Annexes to a report on human trafficking and sexual exploitation in Nunavut, done by Roos-Remillard Consulting Services.
Annexes to a report on human trafficking and sexual exploitation in Nunavut, done by Roos-Remillard Consulting Services.

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Published by: James Henry Bell on Feb 04, 2014
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Case Study # 1
 –
 Plenty of Fish
 –
 Dating Dangers
Whether on broadband or high speed, POF is trouble. In the spring of 2013, a late-
20’s
professional Inuk woman from Cornwall, Ontario, now living in Ottawa, opened up dialogue over a period of six months with a man on the dating website Plenty of Fish (POF). There was nothing to cause concern. He claimed to work for the government, have his own home, a vehicle: a seemingly good individual. Over a period of time they would talk on the phone, text each other and built up a friendship. He appeared very genuine, funny and would talk about his sisters, family and seemed family oriented, which she said was something that was on her profile and he realized was important to her. She found him handsome, articulate and very open, so she was interested in seeing if there was a potential relationship. After a few weeks they agreed to meet in person for lunch. Living in Vanier in Ottawa, and working for an Inuit social service organization with children, she did not want him to pick her up near her workplace for security reasons. They arranged for him to pick her up in his vehicle and they would go to a nearby coffee shop. When he arrived, they met in the parking lot where he was picking her up. They introduced themselves, said hello. En route to the coffee shop he started driving but turned off onto a side street. He pulled into a vacant lot and took the car into a space behind a dumpster. He proceeded to expose himself and asked her to perform sexual services for him. She immediately turned to try to exit the vehicle when she realized the automatic child locks were engaged; she could not open the door. She proceeded to scream and had to physically hit him to get out of the car. When asked if she reported the incident to the police, she replied that she did not because there is a perception that if you are First Nations, Inuit or Métis and live and work in the Vanier area of Ottawa, then complaints, incidents or issues of sexual exploitation are not followed up or taken seriously.
 
Story #2
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 Fraudulent Marriage for Canadian Citizenship
As a 40+ year-old Inuit woman from Iqaluit
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 a mother to adult children and a grandmother
 –
 she was lonely and wanted to find love. They had met on the popular Internet dating website Plenty of Fish (or POF.com). Naïve and desperate for love, she fell for the attention, promises and partnership of a foreign man. Her African suitor strung her along, only confirming his affections when she: 1)
 
Agreed and paid to travel to Europe to marry him; 2)
 
Used her adherence and devotion to her Christian faith to agree to wait to consummate the marriage until she sponsored him to come to Canada and he was approved, and; 3) Agreed to set up joint bank accounts and access to credit cards. Upon coming to Canada to be her husband, he had spent all of her savings and also pressured money from her daughter. She was forced to declare bankruptcy within less than one year. He moved out immediately after the requisite wait period for sponsorship and cut off all ties with her. She was emotionally and financially devastated when she was exploited, by a man, into a fraudulent marriage. Upon hearing this story, she was referred to Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC), which investigated the case. However, while this is not a case of human trafficking, she felt just as sexually exploited, deceived, victimized and a deep sense of shame and self blame that she allowed the victimization to happen, when all she was looking for was love.
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 The case ended unfortunately. CIC interviewed the man. He was granted full citizenship as a Canadian and remains in Ottawa. The Inuk woman has never gone on a dating website again and continues to feel profound shame and guilt for what befell her.
 
Case Study #3
 –
 Aging Out of Care
At 18 years old, Inuit trafficking survivor Mary (not her real name)
“aged out” of the youth
residential centre she had been living at in southwestern Ontario after the Government of Nunavut, Family & Child Services arranged approved and arranged for out-of-Territory care in her teens. As an Inuk youth in care, she had moved from foster homes since she was a young child. All of her four siblings were in care; a brother and sister together in one home; the two younger sisters also with a family and poised for adoption. In her young life from early childhood she had experienced sexual assault in the home as well as at a foster placement; physical abuse; family violence; neglect; alcohol and drug use at 14 years of age; suicide attempts; an abortion by 16
years of age, and; a regular target of abuse at her mother’s hands, when she was granted
supervised visitations. She could not understand why she was the target, but she always seemed to be, or so she grew up believing. Mary reflects the complexity and scope of the various health, education, justice, poverty and statistic available on the vulnerabilities of Inuit youth. As such, in her pre-teens she began exhibiting signs of trauma and symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder; many of which remain today. She received few mental health counseling or supports as a youth and became increasingly hostile, self-destructive and self-injurious. At 16, she was sent to a southern institution for youth for protection from a violent boyfriend and was subsequently physically separated from her family and Inuit community. By that time, her mother had moved south, but they did not maintain much contact. After leaving the youth residential centre and the administrative care of the Government of Nunavut at 18 years of age, Mary had completed Grade 10 in school and was homeless and living on social assistance. She was using alcohol and marijuana to excess, and when inebriated, became violent, belligerent and causing disturbances. She became a regular attendee at the local hospital and in the court system. Like most Inuit youth and adults, she is well versed in using computers and cell phones for communication. However, like many modern youth, shared personal details, photos and daily problems to her friends on social network sites like Facebook. As a young adult, she was looking for love: someone to care for her, to protect her and who could extract her from her life of poverty
and loneliness, and the she met “Sam”.
 He offered to rent a room in his well-furnished house, but the rent was her Social Assistance cheque to the last penny. She had no money for basic necessities, so had to try to find work. Through youth at-risk programs she had heard about

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