Interpreting Indicators Video Transcript

Benjamin Perrin, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Law, University of British Columbia:

One of the main conclusions that we reached after looking at dozens and dozens of cases from across Canada is that the existing list of indicators, or warning signs, that someone may be a victim of human trafficking, we felt, were very inadequate. They tended to treat all types of human trafficking the same regardless of whether the victim was a Canadian or a newcomer, regardless of the age of the victim, regardless of the method of exploitation.  It turned out that some things which would be an indicator for one form of human trafficking are not a very effective indicator for other forms of trafficking.

And so it’s really important to understand, for each of these different types of trafficking, some of the warning signs. Now the way these warning signs essentially operate is if you see one or more it should be cause for concern, and should prompt some form of follow up. If it’s law enforcement it could prompt an investigation. And if it’s a social service agency it could prompt a discussion or a meeting with other service providers who are helping their client.  And depending on the protocols in place, even speaking directly with the client.