Seeking Justice for Trafficked Persons - Contacting Police or Other Authorities
As discussed in Module 3, a person who has been trafficked may fear the police or other authorities for a variety of reasons — including the fear that they may be deported, arrested, or charged for crimes they have been forced to commit. This fear can prevent them from accessing the services they need.
Police or other authorities can play an important role in providing security and protection for a trafficked person. However, you should only contact the police or other authorities if you have the person’s consent, unless:
- The person is in immediate danger or is an immediate threat to themselves or to
someone else, at which time you should follow your workplace protocol or call 911.
- The person is a minor, at which time you should follow your province’s
duty-to-report protocols for minors in need of protection.
In the following video, a survivor of human trafficking talks about what — and who — made a difference for her.
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