NRPS urges vigilance on Human Trafficking Awareness Day

Niagara Regional Police Service (NRPS) is reminding citizens to be aware of the warning signs of human trafficking.

February 22 is National Human Trafficking Awareness Day and NRPS has announced its intent to take “decisive and deliberate steps” to address the issue.

NRPS says that while men, women, and children are all at risk, women make up the majority of victims in Canada. Specifically, minorities and migrant workers are statistically more vulnerable due to language barriers and lack of knowledge of rights.

Citizens are encouraged to look for signs of human trafficking such as:

  • Behaviour abnormalities
  • Physical signs of abuse
  • Having speech controlled by others
  • Not having access to personal belongings like money and ID
  • Having expensive items beyond their financial means
  • Rapid changes in relationships with family, friends, and romantic partners

A Statistics Canada report noted that, from 2012 to 2022, Ontario had a disproportionately high 65 per cent of human trafficking cases in Canada. 136 of Canada’s 3,996 cases came from the Niagara area.

Suspected cases of human trafficking can be reported to NRPS at (905) 688-4111 or anonymously to Crime Stoppers of Niagara at (905) 938-5463.

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