The Canadian Human Trafficking Hotline - Reporting
The Canadian Human Trafficking Hotline, and What is Human Trafficking?
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What is Human Trafficking?
Human trafficking is the exploitation of human beings for gain. Trafficking can exist in many forms and usually entails victims being caused to provide sexual services or labour through force, coercion, deception and/or abuse of trust, power or authority. Human trafficking therefore results in substantial physical, psychological, and emotional trauma to the victims.
Despite common myths, human trafficking does not require that victims cross national borders. It can be perpetrated by a single individual, by a gang, or through organized criminal networks. It can also be committed by a company or employer.
What are the 'red flags' (possible signs) of human trafficking?
There are very few clear black-and-white indicators of human trafficking.
An individual may be a potential victim of human trafficking if they:
- Exhibit a sudden change in behaviour
- Rarely respond to phone calls and/or messages and disappear for long periods of time
- Move frequently and often change addresses
- Bear injuries and/or bruises
- Are unfamiliar with the neighborhood they live/work in
- Do not have a passport or other major pieces of identification, or their passport, visa or travel documents have been confiscated by their employer
- Do not speak on their own behalf
- Show signs of malnourishment and being overworked