Human trafficking isn’t what you think it is
From Public Safety Canada
Human trafficking doesn’t have to involve crossing borders. And it’s not just a foreign problem, it’s happening right now in communities across Canada.
Human trafficking involves recruiting, moving, or holding victims to exploit them for profit, usually for sexual reasons or forced labour. Traffickers can control and pressure victims by force or through threats, including mental and emotional abuse and manipulation.
If you or someone you know is a victim or survivor of sex or labour trafficking, get help now.
Can you recognize different forms of human trafficking?
Learn more about sex trafficking.
Learn more about labour trafficking.
Human trafficking: It's not what it seems
Better understand human trafficking
How traffickers control victims
Learn what motivates traffickers, how they recruit and maintain control of victims, and how to identify potential warning signs.
Who human trafficking affects
While anybody can be a victim, learn why some people are at higher risk.
The big picture
Because incidents often go unreported, global and Canadian organizations often don’t know the true scope of human trafficking. According to police-reported incidents:
96% of victims of human trafficking were women and girls.Footnote1
65% of police reported human trafficking incidences between 2010-2020 were reported in Ontario.Footnote2
91% of victims of police-reported human trafficking incidents knew their trafficker.Footnote3
Spotting human trafficking close to home
Are you seeing warning signs?
How to respond if you think someone you know is being trafficked.
Are you being trafficked?
What to do if you think you’re being targeted or exploited.
Download resources to learn more about human trafficking.
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