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.