Indicators of Abuse and Control
In Module 1, we reviewed the many tactics traffickers use to abuse and control the people they are exploiting to keep them compliant. These include violence and fear, debt bondage, dependency (for example, to drugs or to the trafficker), isolation (the trafficker may never let them go out alone), guilt and shame.
A trafficker may also exert control — and keep the person from running away or going for help — by taking away their vital documents, such as a passport or visa. If the person has been trafficked into Canada, the trafficker may take their return plane ticket. A domestically trafficked person may have their driver’s licence, credit card, health card or Indian status card taken by their trafficker.
In RCMP’s I’m Not for Sale video below, Suzanne Cooper explains why a trafficked person does whatever the trafficker wants them to do.
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