Today is Human Trafficking Awareness Day, the first to be marked in Ontario. To mark the day, the Ontario Provincial Police have released a list of indicator. The indicators of human trafficking are not always obvious. Although the presence of one indicator does not necessarily identify human trafficking, a variety of indicators may point to the fact that an individual is being trafficked and needs help. These indicators may include:
- The individual seems afraid, anxious or depressed.
- Another person controls the individual’s conversation.
- Another person speaks on behalf of the individual.
- Another person holds or controls the individual’s identification, which may be real or fake.
- There are signs of poor health, hygiene and/or nutrition.
- The individual is wearing inappropriate clothing for the weather or situation.
- There is an age gap between the individual and their companion.
- There are tattoos or branding on the individual to show ownership.
- The individual has scars or injuries from abuse.
- The individual has no control over their money.
- The individual has expensive items but no basic necessities.
- The individual has new, older friends who provide gifts, drugs, expensive clothing and/or jewelry.
- The individual has lost connection with their family and friends.
- The individual misses class regularly, or drops out of school.
- The individual is reluctant to engage with teachers, youth workers, social workers or other adults in their life.
To learn more, visit opp.ca/humantrafficking.