Office to Combat Trafficking in Persons Toolkit Guide
What is the goal of the toolkit?
The goal of this toolkit is to support communities to take action at the local level to raise awareness and prevent human trafficking. Human trafficking generally refers to someone who exercises control, direction or influence over another person for purposes of sexual exploitation and/or labour exploitation.
Please note: Community members who may be concerned about how to respond to situations of human trafficking should review OCTIP’s online training course for service providers and contact local RCMP, municipal police, victim services, child protection or other front line service providers for assistance. For immediate help with coordination of services and supports for trafficked persons anywhere in BC call 1-888-712-7974 (toll-free,24/7, interpretation available).
B.C.’s Office to Combat Trafficking in Persons
Since 2007, B.C.’s Office to Combat Trafficking in Persons (OCTIP) has worked with communities across British Columbia to address and prevent human trafficking. The idea for a toolkit came from many requests for assistance and information from individuals and communities who wanted to take action to combat this crime.
This toolkit builds on OCTIP’s history and expertise in working with community members in B.C. to address issues of human trafficking for labour and sexual exploitation at the local level. It provides practical information and specific examples of how B.C. communities are addressing this issue.
Who is it for?
This toolkit is for communities to use to take action to combat human trafficking at the local level. The information is provided in clear language so any community member can use it to begin to address this issue. For example, the toolkit could be used by anyone who wants to take action in their community, including concerned citizens, NGOs, social service providers, health care professionals, law enforcement, municipal government representatives, schools, First Nations bands and councils, and members of the general public.
How is the Communities Taking Action Toolkit set up?
You can use the toolkit online, or download a package to print or save to your computer or device. You can access resources that the toolkit refers to directly at the Resources page.