Victims of Trafficking in Persons: Perspectives from the Canadian Community Sector

Appendix 2: Consent Form

DESCRIPTION OF THE PROJECT

You are invited to participate in a research project led by Drs Jacqueline Oxman-Martinez, Marie Lacroix and Jill Hanley. This study has been requested by the Research and Statistics Division of the Department of Justice, Canada.

The general objective of the project is to gain a deeper understanding of the characteristics and the needs of victims of trafficking in persons, whether trafficked within Canada or internationally. Footnote 17

The specific objectives are to better understand the following issues:

  • How "potential" human victims of trafficking are recruited and what makes them particularly vulnerable;
  • The characteristics of victims of trafficking, including their age, ethnic background, sex and, if relevant, their Aboriginal status;
  • The living and working conditions of trafficked persons;
  • Movement of trafficked persons such as their countries of origin, transit countries and countries of destination, and once in Canada, points of entry and movements within Canada;
  • The needs of victims of trafficking, and how they are being, or not being, met;
  • The barriers to providing services to victims of trafficking.

You will be contacted by phone by one of the three researchers to discuss the issues directly related to your field of expertise. We will ask you to answer questions prepared in a semi-structured questionnaire and talk with us about your perspectives and opinions on the subject matter raised during the telephone interview that should not last more than one hour. Follow-up availability may be necessary to clarify issues raised during the interview that may either not be clear to the researchers or need further explanation.

The interview will be tape-recorded and fully transcribed for analysis.

RIGHTS OF THE PARTICIPANT

Your participation in this research project is optional and will not have any repercussions on your work. You also have the right to withdraw at any moment.

Your participation in this study will remain confidential. Data collected during the interview will be coded to ensure anonymity during the analysis and final research report. Taped data and transcribed material will be kept in a secure location for a three-year duration. Access to these data will be limited to the research team.

Should you have any question or comment concerning your rights as a research subject, we invite you to contact the researchers: Dr. Jacqueline Oxman-Martinez (514) 398-7062 or Dr. Marie Lacroix (514) 343-7014 or Dr. Jill Hanley at (514) 398-8810.

DATE
NAME OF PARTICIPANT VERBAL CONSENT
NAME OF RESEARCHER SIGNATURE
Dr. Jacqueline Oxman-Martinez
NAME OF RESEARCHER SIGNATURE
Dr. Jill Hanley
NAME OF RESEARCHER SIGNATURE
Dr. Marie Lacroix

“Trafficking in persons”shall mean the recruitment, transportation, transfer, harbouring or receipt of persons, by means of the threat or use of force or other forms of coercion, of abduction, of fraud, of deception, of the abuse of power or of a position of vulnerability or of the giving or receiving of payments or benefits to achieve the consent of a person having control over another person, for the purpose of exploitation. Exploitation shall include, at a minimum, the exploitation of the prostitution of others or other forms of sexual exploitation, forced labour or services, slavery or practices similar to slavery, servitude or the removal of organs.

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