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About the Service - Counter Exploitation Unit

Counter Exploitation Unit
Human Trafficking | Street Prostitution | Escort Services & Massage Parlours | Illegal Gaming & Liquor Offence

Human Trafficking

Human Trafficking is the exploitation of persons or “modern day slavery” which can range from forced labour to forced prostitution and sexual exploitation. Legislation on Human Trafficking is relatively new, and these types of investigations can be extremely complex due to the fact the offenders will use force, threats, coercion, deception and fraud to violate their victim’s human rights. Many victims may not even know they are being trafficked and violations can occur in private, in public, involving single victims or multiple. Public education is an extremely valuable tool in combatting this rising issue. As a citizen you can play an important role in bringing this issue to the forefront.

Where can victims be found?
In cases of sexual exploitation:

  • Nightclubs, modeling studios, massage parlours, beauty, hair and nail salons, escort services, bawdy houses, hotels, street prostitution, and advertisements in paper or electronic form

In cases of forced labour:
- Non-unionized industries, restaurants, commercial agriculture, arranged marriages, constructions sites, marihuana grow operations

What are some possible signs a victim is being exploited?
Being escorted and/or watched, not speaking on their own behalf, limited knowledge of area/city they are in, tattooing or “branding” to indicate ownership, signs of depression or fear

What is the difference between Human Smuggling and Human Trafficking?
Human Smuggling is a form of illegal migration across international borders where there is an agreement between the smuggler and the person. The relationship ends once the person has been brought into the destination, and it is done covertly, or in secret. Human Trafficking is the exploitation of victims, who are forced into labour and or servitude, usually of a sexual nature. The relationship is ongoing, and it can be done openly, with public participation (i.e.: sex consumers or “johns”) with the victim being controlled by varying means by the offender.

Resources on Human Trafficking

If you or anyone you know has information about Human Trafficking, or have someone you would like to refer to us you can email members of the Counter Exploitation Unit:

Phone: 204-986-3464
Fax: 204-986-3501

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