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Human Trafficking and Vice

Human Trafficking

Human trafficking is the second largest criminal industry in the world. Human trafficking is the exploitation, manipulation or control of a person (usually a female) by violence or threats of violence to provide a sexual service or forced labour.

You can help put an end to human trafficking. Help identify victims by knowing the signs. Victims may:

  • Be unable to present identity documents
  • Have no cell phone
  • Lack access to their own money and resources
  • Work excessively long hours with no or few days off
  • Not go out unaccompanied
  • Be branded with tattoos of the trafficker’s name
  • Exhibit signs of chronic fear, guilt, shame, distrust of authority and the inability to make decisions
  • Have bruises and other signs of physical abuse.

Victims are alone, isolated and are trapped in a life of exploitation. They have no means to return home or any means to survive. The victim remains dependent on the trafficker for survival and believes the only way she can make money is through prostitution.

Human Trafficking Unit Responsibilities:

The unit is responsible for all human trafficking investigations (both domestic and international – including but not limited to the sex trade, forced labour or domestic servitude), all prostitution investigations (including street prostitution, escort services and disorderly houses – common-bawdy houses), all adult entertainment premises investigations (including commercial massage parlours), all gaming-related investigations and all liquor license premises investigations.

Trafficking in human beings is a hidden crime.

Victims are made to engage in sexual exploitation, labour exploitation, domestic servitude, internal trafficking and/or organ harvesting. Traffickers use methods such as psychological and physical abuse (including rape), false employment offers, threats, abduction and/or the idea of a better quality of life to encourage their victims.

Know the Signs!

The following details may assist police in investigations:

  • Best details/descriptions of those involved
  • Locations
  • Nationalities
  • Details of any transport used
  • Travel routes/methods
  • Documents used
  • Any financial information
  • Method of recruitment
  • Methods used to control/manipulate victim.

Remember child trafficking is child abuse.

Contact Us/Tips:

To provide confidential information or tips related to suspected human trafficking, contact:

HRPS Human Trafficking Unit
905-825-4747 ext. 5331

Anonymous tips can also be submitted to Halton Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or online at www.haltoncrimestoppers.com

If you are a victim of human trafficking, please call 911 or contact the Chrysalis Anti Human Trafficking Network for free, confidential telephone trauma counselling and referrals for anyone who has been trafficked or exploited at 1-866-528-7109.