Activists marched outside Toronto City Hall to "Rise Up For Children" and raise awareness about child sex trafficking today on the World Day Against Trafficking in Persons.
Gripping blue balloons, the international colour of human trafficking awareness, approximately 100 child safety advocates marched between Nathan Phillips Square and Yonge-Dundas Square.
"Rise Up! Get Loud!" the crowd shouted through Toronto's streets with some wearing the Canadian flag on their dresses. "For the children, they don't have a voice!"
$250,000 is the amount a trafficker can make off of one child in a year, a speaker cited, and 13 years of age is the average age of entry into child prostitution in Canada and the US.
The Post Millennial's Beth Baisch was the only reporter who attended out of the other media outlets invited by the organizer to cover the march against child sex trafficking.
"If you think about it, the government has no issues contract tracing people. However, why can we not contact trace the pedophiles?" One attendee questioned into a megaphone, exposing the "minor-attracted people" or MAPs who lurk on social media, prey on children online, and circulate child pornography among their communities.
Twitter has rebranded pedophilia under the #MAPPositivity trend, attempting to normalize the disease and absorb it into the LGBTQIA+ sexuality movement.
The speaker went on to criticize Twitter for censoring hydroxychloroquine videos but not child porn.
"It didn't even take 24 hours to erase doctors talking about actual remedies that people can use and not die senselessly," he continued with clapping approval from the audience. "However, they cannot erase all the [graphic] pictures of children on [social] media."
"[The media] is trying to normalize pedophilia. They're trying to make it seem like it's a disorder and not a crime," one attendee stated in a street interview. "But it is a crime. You are torturing a child. It's inhumane and it's evil."
Leftist mainstream media has continually covered the coronavirus closely but close their eyes to child sex trafficking for decades, a mother told The Post Millennial.
"They remain silent. Not one peep out of the media," the woman pointed out.
"I'm actually surprised that I'm not seeing as many people as I thought I was going to see today, considering how many hundreds of thousands of people have come onto the streets for other issues," one speaker cried out, erupting into tears.
Alongside more than 80 US cities, Toronto is the first Canadian city to join the campaign initiated by Operation Underground Railroad.
Child trafficking is the fastest-growing criminal enterprise in the world, the organization cited on the event's Facebook page. The movement was inspired by the founder and CEO Tim Ballard’s remarks in a viral Instagram video.
2020 has been a horrific year for child-related crimes due to the COVID-19 lockdowns, Ballard cited.
Since the onset of the pandemic, The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children has witnessed a 90 percent increase in CyberTipline reports between January and June this year versus the same period in 2019.
"Kids are taken out of the infrastructures that keep them safe," Ballard stated. "They're told to sit on their smartphones and their laptops, and the pedophiles are doing the same thing. They're also home, jobless, and they're accessing our kids."
Noting the domino effect of crises, Ballard criticized the Defund the Police movement following George Floyd's death. If the cry to demonetize law enforcement is successful, child crimes units will also lose funding.
"Kids can't protest. They can't riot. They can't march in the streets. So we don't hear from them," Ballard concluded. "But we need to stand up and be their voice once and for all."
"I stand here to call on all governments to invest more money, more police, more commitment, and better policy so that we can stop human smuggling," Toronto City Councillor James Pasternak spoke before his constituents. "It is our civic duty, it is our national duty, and it is our moral duty."