While an online presence can keep humans connected to loved ones, the internet can also be used as a sinister tool.

Human trafficking has reportedly been on the rise since internet usage increased as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Anglican Church has designated Feb. 21 as Freedom Sunday; the Sunday that is closest to Human Trafficking Awareness Day.

Freedom Sunday is a day where churches can partner with International Justice Mission (IJM) to learn about human slavery and join them in their work to end human trafficking around the world.

After a meeting last year in Zanzibar, a visit by the Bishops to Christ Church Cathedral led to the creation of the day of recognition.

The church was built on the location of a former slave market. A museum in the area tells the story of horrific truths of slavery, and makes clear the tragic reality of both past and current human bondage.

Canada has long played a role in trafficking routes as a source and destination country.

Marginalized communities, including homeless and immigrant populations as well as women and children--especially Indigenous--are among the most victimized and exploited.

The Anglican Church of Canada says they are committed to working to end human slavery. The topic was discussed during both the 2016 and 2019 General Synods.

The church works with partners around the world as part of their commitment to this goal.

Those who are trafficked live with very little freedom of movement and identity. They are often denied access to personal documents, communication with friends and family, and money.

The Anglican Church of Canada is encouraging the public to learn about the presence of human trafficking in your own community, volunteer time to work with vulnerable populations, and speak up publicly to bring awareness to the issue.

The Joy Smith Foundation is one Canadian group that is dedicated to ending human trafficking. Founded in 2011 by member of parliament Joy Smith, the organization seeks to raise awareness about the issue through education and providing funds to organizations on the front lines of rescuing and rehabilitating victims.