“As we observe World Day against Trafficking in Persons, Albertans join our friends and families around the globe in calling for an end to the evil and illegal act of human trafficking.

“In our province, we are doing our part to protect the vulnerable among us who are targeted by traffickers and to bring these heinous criminals to justice. We have passed the Protecting Survivors of Human Trafficking Act to make it easier for survivors to get protection orders and to enable police to respond to potential human trafficking situations more quickly. With increased support for Alberta Law Enforcement Response Teams (ALERT), the province has created specialized human trafficking and exploitation units to support victims directly, investigate trafficking activity and work with local groups to build networks that support victims and survivors. With these proactive steps, we are giving a voice to every Albertan who is committed to standing with survivors and against those who would harm our way of life.

“We look forward to receiving the Alberta Human Trafficking Task Force’s recommendations this year and taking further action to carry forward the spirit of World Day against Trafficking in Persons to make human trafficking a thing of the past, both in our province and the world.”

Kaycee Madu, Minister of Justice and Solicitor General

“Human trafficking is a serious crime and we are committed to standing with survivors to make sure they are safe and can get the help they need. We are working with community partners, such as sexual assault centres, to provide counselling, support and advocacy for survivors. I encourage all Albertans to share resources and speak up when they see violence happening. Together, we can all make a difference.”

Jason Luan, Minister of Community and Social Services

“Human trafficking is a truly horrific crime. It’s especially heartbreaking to know that a significant number of the victims of human trafficking are children and youth – and the vast majority are women and girls. We’ll continue to work to protect the values of freedom, safety and dignity for every person and we are proud of our work to create and support the Human Trafficking Task Force.”

Rebecca Schulz, Minister of Children’s Services

“Every Albertan deserves to live free from fear and violence. Human trafficking has devastating consequences for its victims and disproportionately affects women and girls. I ask all Albertans to stand up for survivors and educate themselves on how they can help prevent this despicable crime from happening in our communities. Together with organizations like #NotInMyCity, our government is committed to raising awareness, amplifying the voices of survivors and supporting those who are affected by this crime.”

Whitney Issik, Associate Minister of Status of Women

“The Alberta government is taking action to address human trafficking and its impact on victims. As part of our government's commitment to safe, fair and healthy workplaces, Alberta's Temporary Foreign Worker Advisory Office educates victims of human trafficking about their rights, responsibilities and options in relation to their situation. Victims are supported through referrals to law enforcement and social support agencies, and can get help to apply for work permits under the federal Vulnerable Worker Open Work Permit program. I will continue working with my government colleagues to prevent human trafficking and to support victims so that all Albertans know they will be safe and respected at their workplaces.”

Muhammad Yaseen, Associate Minister of Immigration and Multiculturalism