How to Get Help Safely

How to Get Help Safely

From Public Safety Canada

Realizing that you may be trafficked can be frightening, but you're not alone. Learn how to safely get help if you think you're a target.

Are you or is someone you know being trafficked?

If you think you or someone you know may be a victim of human trafficking.
Get help now.

How to Get Help Safely

Are you in immediate danger?

Call 911 and report the danger right away.

Never confront the trafficker directly—you could put yourself at risk.

Can you safely use a phone or go online?

If so, call the Canadian Human Trafficking Hotline at 1-833-900-1010 to connect with support and/or law enforcement in your community.

You can also chat or submit a tip to the hotline.

The hotline is:

  • Confidential
  • Open 24/7, 365 days a year
  • Accessible in over 200 languages
  • Accessible to the deaf, hard-of-hearing, and non-verbal

If you want your call to be anonymous, simply let Hotline staff know and they will help you stay safe, while you get help.

Are you or someone you know seeking supports?

If so, the Canadian Human Trafficking Hotline has a National Referral Directory that is a resource to connect victims and survivors to emergency, transitional, and long-term services in communities across Canada.

Here are additional resources to help you find help in your area.

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How to Report a Potential Human Trafficking Situation

If you think you or someone you know is being trafficked, here are a few things you may want to report to police or the Canadian Human Trafficking Hotline:

  • Number, name, age or location of potential victims
  • Number, name, age or location of potential trafficker
  • Details of trafficking situation, including:
    • how the potential victim became involved in the situation;
    • any use of force, fraud, coercion, abuse of trust, abuse of authority, withholding travel documents, or the use of threats by the potential trafficker against the potential victim
    • relationship between potential victims and potential traffickers;
    • any signs of mental or physical abuse; and any concerns for the safety of potential victim.
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