Labour Trafficking

Labour trafficking

From Public Safety Canada

Labour trafficking is a form of human trafficking. It involves recruiting, transporting or holding victims to coerce them into doing any kind of work. Labour traffickers get their victims to work through different forms of coercion.



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Who’s At Risk?

While no one is immune to labour trafficking, migrant workers may be at higher-risk due language barriers, working in isolated/remote areas, lacking access to services and support, and/or correct information about their legal rights. Victims often suffer physical, sexual, financial, emotional and psychological abuse, and often live and work in brutal conditions. Due to the harm and violence brought onto victims, human trafficking is often accompanied by major trauma, and the recovery can take a lifetime.

Possible Signs of Labour Trafficking

Do you or someone you know:

  • Have a job offer that seems too good to be true?
  • Have an employer who makes threats of deportation or reporting immigration status to police?
  • Have an employer that withholds personal identification?
  • Feel their life or those they love could be in danger if they don’t work long hours and/or accept a lower wage?
  • Have to relocate with few details and no payment up front?
  • Live and/or work in inhumane/ terrible conditions?

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 Traffickers Take Control of Victims

Labour trafficking can occur in almost any industry, including agriculture, domestic service, in organized criminal enterprises and even within street gangs supporting drug trafficking operations. Victims can be trafficked by someone posing as an employer or someone who runs a legitimate business. The recruitment process can sometimes be subtle, and victims might not even know they’re at risk of being trafficked. Traffickers can make it hard to escape in many ways using fear of violence or deportation, brutal working conditions, remote areas and withholding pay.

Other Forms of Human Trafficking

Sex Trafficking

Labour Trafficking

Recognize the signs and learn more about sex trafficking.

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