If You or Someone you Know is a Victim of Human Trafficking please contact:
In Canada: The Canadian Human Trafficking Hotline at 1-833-900-1010 24/7 or use the chat function on their website.
Or in the United States contact: The National Human Trafficking Hotline at 1-888-373-7888 or use the chat function on their website.
For Human Trafficking Awareness month, I will be posting a series of articles on human trafficking. In 2021 to commemorate this month of awareness, I posted a series of tips on identifying a person who may be trafficked, which I have listed below. I would like to start my series with some basic information on what human trafficking is.
What is Human Trafficking?
Definition – noun – The unlawful act of transporting or coercing people in order to benefit from their work or service, typically in the form of forced labour or sexual exploitation.
In a nutshell, human trafficking is the exploitation of human beings for financial gain.
Humans + exploitation for financial gain = human beings who are physically, emotionally and psychologically traumatized
Signs of Human Trafficking
A person may be trafficked if they:
- Cannot leave their job to find another one
- Do not have control over their wages or money
- Work but do not get paid normal wages
- Have no choice about hours worked or other working conditions
- Work long hours, lives at a work site, or is picked up and driven to and from work
- Show signs of physical abuse or injury
- Are accompanied everywhere by someone who speaks for him/her
- Appear to be fearful of and or under the control of another person
- May have health issues that have not been attended to
- Owe money to their employer or another person who they feel honour bound to repay
- May describe moving or changing jobs suddenly and often
- Are unfamiliar with the neighbourhood where they live or work
- Are not working in the job originally promised to them
- Are travelling with minimal or inappropriate luggage/belongings
- Lack identification, passport, or other travel documents
- Are forced to provide sexual services in a strip club, massage parlour, brothel, or other locations
- May appear to be malnourished
Signs YOU might be a victim of human trafficking:
Ask yourself these questions:
- Are you in a new relationship with someone older or richer, perhaps online? Does the relationship seem to involve manipulation and control?
- Do you receive gifts or cash from your partner for no reason?
- Has the relationship you are in taken a sudden negative turn?
- Have intimate images of you been shared by someone online with/without your consent?
- Do you feel intimidated or controlled? Does your partner often control your phone, where you go, who you see, or even withhold your personal identifidation?
- Are you living and working in harsh conditions?
Here are some online training links and resources to educate yourself on human trafficking:
For more resources see: