Violence Awareness

Addressing Human Trafficking and How To Prevent It

What is human trafficking? Read about ways to prevent it from happening.

Human trafficking is the exploitation of human beings for gain. Trafficking can exist in many forms and usually entails individuals being caused to provide sexual services or labour through force, coercion, deception and/or abuse of trust, power or authority.

What are possible signs?

  • Living with employer 
  • Inability to speak to individual alone 
  • Poor living conditions 
  • Signs of physical abuse submissive or fearful

What you can do:

  • Stay calm
  • Listen carefully, without interrupting and judgment 
  • Avoid asking “why” questions 
  • Believe the person, reassure your friend it is not their fault 
  • Maintain confidentiality and privacy

Resources to use if you suspect human trafficking:

Elmwood Community Resource Centre Counselling – Ph: (204) 982-1720 ext. 201 or 304

Mount Carmel Clinic- Sage House – Ph: (204) 943-6379

Marymound Canadian Human Trafficking Hotline – Ph: (204) 338-7971

Canadian Human Trafficking Hotline Ph:1-833-900-1010 or Email:

-Hotline Response Advocates are available 24/7/365 and support is available in over 200 languages. The hotline can connect callers to local service providers and/or emergency services in communities across Canada.

Chrysalis Anti-Human Trafficking Network (National Toll-Free Counselling Line)
Ph: 1- 866-528-7109

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