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.

My Story: Unable to speak English or French, I could not communicate with anyone other than my ‘employers,’ or ‘master’ as I called them.  Moreover, my family in South East Asia was threatened in order to ensure my continued servitude. I remain in this situation for two years until I l learned about 911 and felt enough anger at my situation to overcome my fear.

- Karen

In the following video, a survivor of human trafficking talks about what — and who — made a difference for her.

Small Things That Make a Difference

(Video runtime 00:58)

(Transcript for the Small Things that Make a Difference video.)


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