On November 14th and 15th 2018, Staff Sergeant Brad Sakalo of the Ontario Provincial Police provided lectures to International Students attending St Clair College in the City of Windsor.
Staff Sergeant Sakalo’s knowledge and experience fighting human traffickers and saving trafficking victims was shared with members of the community looking to raise awareness of this global problem.
Staff Sergeant Sakalo’s presentation detailed how he discovered human trafficking in the region and the difficulties faced in reaching victims due to the high levels of exploitation of at-risk youth. Staff Sergeant Sakalo was recognized in 2017 by the Canadian Government with the Canada 150 Sesquicentennial – Parliament of Canada Medal for his work in community safety and the prevention of human trafficking.
The American Human Rights Council (AHRC-USA) commends the OPP-Canada leading efforts combating human trafficking and raising awareness of the issue through education.
“My frontline policing experience related to the discovery of human trafficking in Ontario has led me to working with law enforcement agencies in both Canada and the United States,” said Sakalo. “I have consulted with and partnered with community groups, social agencies, advocates and educators to proactively work to prevent the domestic sexual exploitation of our youth,” added Sakalo. “The ability to come together to tackle problems that exist inside and outside of our national borders is where our strengths lie,” concluded Sakalo.