Human trafficking prevention, Durham Region Human Trafficking

Shining the Light on Human Trafficking

What if we could stop it.

Before it


By becoming more aware...we can!

Organizations that work to end human trafficking have identified a number of signs that may point to human trafficking:

>    The person is not allowed to speak for themselves and their activities are controlled by someone else.

>    The person is under 18 and involved in prostitution or sex work.

>    The person is unpaid or paid very little to work, and seems to be treated poorly (long or unusual hours, not allowed breaks, forced to live in poor conditions, etc.).

>    The person is repaying a large debt through labour or sex..

>    The person seems fearful, anxious, depressed, submissive, tense, or nervous/paranoid. They may avoid eye contact, seem fearful around police, etc.

>    The person shows signs of abuse, such as bruising, cigarette burns, fractures, etc.

>    The person has tattooing or branding symbols, particularly names.

>    The person doesn’t have their own things or money, and doesn’t control their own passport or other documents.

>    The person seems malnourished or lacks medical care.

>    The person is moved frequently and may not know their surroundings well.

>    The person has been reported missing.

Signs to Look For

>    Most people who are trafficked for sex are women and girls, but boys, men and people who are LGBTQ’S are also targeted.

>    The age of recruitment is as low as 12 or 13.

>    Homeless and marginalized youth are targeted by sex traffickers.

>    Youth who struggle with low self-esteem, bullying, discrimination, poverty, abuse, isolation and other social or family issues may be targeted.

>    Indigenous women and girls are especially likely to be trafficked.

>    Addiction, mental health issues and developmental disabilities are also risk factors.

Who is

at Risk?

While doing surveillance on a pimp during a human trafficking investigation, Durham Regional Police Services (DRPS) noticed these pimps are out without a question actively recruiting in public places that our family members go to and frequent on a regular basis.

Common recruitment locations

>   Schools

>   Malls

>   Libraries

>   Group homes

>   Bus Stops

>   Parties at Hotels

>   On-line social media

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