Human Trafficking in B.C.

Human trafficking is a global problem and Canada is not immune to it. Canada has been identified as both a transit and a destination point for human trafficking.

Canada is also a source of trafficked persons and has experienced cases of domestic trafficking within its borders. Due to the hidden nature of the crime, most human trafficking activities are undetected or unreported. Human trafficking is a serious violation of human rights and it must be addressed.

The Office to Combat Trafficking in Persons (OCTIP) develops and coordinates British Columbia’s strategy to combat human trafficking. OCTIP places the rights of trafficked persons at the centre of its work.

In collaboration with other provincial ministries, federal departments, municipal governments, law enforcement agencies and community organizations, OCTIP aims to prevent human trafficking and coordinate services for trafficked persons in British Columbia.  It also supports police and Crown counsel with the prosecution of human trafficking cases.

Immediate Support for Trafficked Persons

Contact Us for immediate support and referrals to services in B.C. OCTIP's 1-888 number is answered by staff with training on human trafficking indicators and supports for trafficked persons.

Human Trafficking is a Crime

Human trafficking is punishable by up to 14 years in prison. Benefitting from it is punishable by up to 10 years in prison and facilitating it is punishable by up to five years in prison.

The Immigration and Refugee Protection Act applies when a person is trafficked into Canada from another country.

Report Human Trafficking

Call 911 if you suspect someone has been trafficked and is in immediate danger. If your community does not have 911 services, call your local police.

Call your local police to report other suspected cases of human trafficking or contact Crime Stoppers to report anonymously.

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