Learn About Trafficking

Who's at Risk

While every young person is at risk for trafficking, this is a highly gendered crime with 97% of reported victims are women and girls and 74% of these are under the age of 25. Additionally, 92% of victims knew the person who trafficked them either as a friend, boyfriend/girlfriend, or family member(statscanada).

Additional risk factors include:

  • Indigenous

  • LGBTQ+2

  • Black or racialized

  • Migrants and New Immigrants

  • Marginalized

With a history of:

  • Abuse

  • Addiction

  • Mental illness

  • Poverty

Recognize the Signs

Victims of trafficking may exhibit some or all of these signs. However, someone can be a victim and not exhibit any of these signs.

  • New & Expensive Items

  • ​Poor school attendance

  • Change in behavior

  • Dressed inappropriate for weather

  • ​Branded & Bruising

  • Signs of self-harm

  • Hostile or Angry

  • ​Anxious & Nervous

  • Shy or submissive

  • Speaks openly about sex

  • ​John, trick, “the life or game”

  • Boyfriend “daddy” or “My man”


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Canadian Human Trafficking Hotline

The Canadian Human Trafficking Hotline has resumed operating 24 hours, 7 days a week. If you are in need of assistance, please call 1-833-900-1010.


If you are a victim/survivor of forced prostitution or forced labour, or believe someone else might be, call the hotline at 1-833-900-1010. The Hotline Response Advocates will connect callers to support and services and will also take tips, answer questions and forward information, when appropriate, to law enforcement.

The hotline provides the following services:


  • crisis response to people being trafficked

  • referrals to social service providers and law enforcement (as requested)

  • tip receipt and reporting

  • general information provision

  • tools and resources to build community responses to trafficking


The Canadian Human Trafficking Hotline responds to all forms of human trafficking including both sex and labour trafficking. The hotline provides assistance to and on behalf of minors, adults, males, females, transgender individuals, gender non-conforming individuals, citizens, permanent residents, and foreign nationals.

The hotline uses a victim-centered approach to connect human trafficking victims and survivors with emergency, transition, and long-term supports and services. The hotline acts as a central response and referral mechanism, offering 24/7, multilingual access to a safe and confidential space to ask for help, connect to services, and, report tips.


Learn more about the Canadian Human Trafficking Hotline at

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