Human trafficking initiative gives hope to a growing number of survivors

The Hope Found Project was launched by Voice Found, an Ottawa non-profit that works to prevent child sex abuse and sex trafficking and provide healing, recovery and support to the growing number of human trafficking survivors coming forward in Eastern Ontario.

The project is the first survivor-led and trauma-informed service for human trafficking survivors in Eastern Ontario, a region recognized by founder and chief executive Cynthia Bland as having a surprising prevalence of human trafficking.

“Human trafficking can happen anywhere,” said Simone Bell, a survivor of human trafficking and currently the only peer-mentor with The Hope Found Project. “It can happen even in a sleepy government town like Ottawa.”

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