Domestication of Human Trafficking in Canada: Examining the Evidence with Katrin Roots

Domestication of Human Trafficking in Canada: Examining the Evidence with Katrin Roots

Katrin Roots standing in front of a brick wallAll LCSC public lectures will be available both in-person and virtually on Zoom. For those interested in attending in-person, please visit 232 King Street North, Waterloo. Doors open at 6:30pm and the event begins at 7:00pm. If you are unable to attend in-person but would still like to watch the event virtually, click here to register to watch on Zoom.

Human trafficking is an issue that has garnered significant attention in Canada and globally, following the enactment of the United Nations’ Trafficking Protocol in 2002. Expansive laws, policies and mandates against trafficking were put into place following Canada’s ratification of the Protocol. This talk will examine some of the impacts of these efforts over the past twenty years, including how trafficking has come to be defined, and its impacts on sex working, migrant and racialized communities.


KATRIN ROOTS is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Criminology at Wilfrid Laurier University. She has researched human trafficking laws and enforcement for over a decade and is the sole author of a manuscript forthcoming (Feb 2023) with the University of Toronto Press, entitled The Domestication of Human Trafficking: Law, Policing and Prosecution in Canada. She is also the (co)author of numerous peer-reviewed articles and book chapters on trafficking law, enforcement, and policing technologies.

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