The Niagara Regional Police Service and police services across Ontario and Canada have collectively recognized the urgent need to take decisive and deliberate steps to address the pervasive threat to public safety posed by the incidence of human trafficking.

Human trafficking involves the recruitment, transportation, harbouring and/or exercising control, direction or influence over the movements of a person, for the purpose of exploitation; typically through sexual exploitation or forced labour.

Human trafficking is an offence under the Criminal Code of Canada and the Immigration and Refugee Protection ActThe extent of human trafficking, both in Canada and internationally, is difficult to assess due to the hidden nature of the crime, the reluctance of victims and witnesses to come forward to law enforcement and the difficulty of identifying victims. Men, women and children fall victim to human trafficking, although women represent the majority of victims in Canada. Statistics have revealed that those who are likely to be at-risk include:

  • Indigenous women and girls; migrants and new immigrants; LGBTQ2 persons; persons living with disabilities; children in the child welfare system; at-risk youth; those who are socially or economically disadvantaged; and
  • Migrant workers who may be particularly vulnerable to exploitation and abuse due to many factors, such as language barriers, working in isolated/remote areas, lack of access to services and support, and lack of access to accurate information about their rights

The Niagara Regional Police Service is committed to combatting Human Trafficking in Niagara and supporting its victims.

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Niagara Partner Agencies Against Human Trafficking
YWCA Niagara Region Niagara Falls Fire Department
Fort Erie Fire Department

Ontario Provincial Police - Investigation and Enforcement Bureau (IEB)

Niagara Sexual Assault Centre

YMCA, YITW Anti-Human Trafficking Program

Niagara Health System - Sexual Assault Domestic Violence Treatment Program

Victim Services Niagara


Ministry of Attorney General - Victim/Witness Assistance Program

Kristen French Child Advocacy Centre Niagara

Niagara Chapter of Native Women

CMHA Niagara

Family and Children's Services of the Niagara Region


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Visit the Canadian Human Trafficking Hotline website to access a national directory of social services, education/awareness materials, as well as reports and research products.

If you or someone you know may be a victim, call Canada's national human trafficking hotline at: 1-833-900-1010.


For information on Niagara based Human Trafficking Resources please click the link to use the Kristen French Child Advocacy Centre Human Trafficking Service Providers Map.

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*Source – Government of Canada – Public Safety Canada – Countering Crime – Human Trafficking