Barriers to Coming Forward for Trafficked Persons

People who have been trafficked are often unable to reach out for help.

Fear is a major reason people do not come forward, and even if they do, they remain reluctant to reveal details about their situation. There are also social and psychological barriers that may make trafficked persons reluctant to reveal their stories.

My Story: Fear is the thing I remember the most. Once I saw the Toronto Police at a gas station near the club I was forced to work in. I wanted to go to them and ask for help but a part of me doubted myself. I was intimidated by cops and border guards – I had bad experiences with them in the past. Also, I didn’t think they would care too much about a stripper…

- Rebecca


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