The world of human trafficking is a terrifying one, especially considering how under the radar the operations can go. While it might seem like Canada is spared from horrible events surrounding human trafficking, the terrifying operation is just as prevalent in our own country as it is in others, it just isn't talked about as much.
A Nova Scotian mother named Jennifer Holleman exemplified this as she outlined the horrors of her daughter's experience in human trafficking. Her daughter Maddison Fraser had been coerced after a man she had been in a relationship with convinced her to move to Alberta, where she was unknowingly being taken to work in the sex trade industry.
Holleman shared photos of her daughter before and after the events. Showing a previously happy and youthful daughter, while the other photo showed the same girl's face completely swollen to the point where her eyes were shut, face covered in bruises, and lip split. Her mother noting that the abuse went further than what was shown in that picture. Claiming that they had "set her hair on fire" and had "burned her with cigarettes and lighters" before beating her and then sexually assaulting her.
Unfortunately, after her daughter found out that her mother was aware of her double life, Fraser cut off communication with her completely. Sadly Fraser died in a car crash in Edmonton at 21 in July of 2015. The man who was driving the car is believed to have been a John.
Since then Holleman has dedicated her life to sharing her daughter's story in efforts to make Canadians more aware of the growing Canadian sex trafficking industry that has long been ignored. Especially in the Halifax area where a street gang called the North Preston's Finest has become notorious for preying on younger girls.
The gang was in the spotlight last August when two members were charged with being a part of a sex trade ring that was circulating several women from Nova Scotia throughout the sex trade industry across Canada. While arrests have been made, this story only further proves that the sex trade industry in Canada needs to be addressed.
Source: Huffington Post