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Human Trafficking  - “Know the Signs. Make the Call.”

Human trafficking is a criminal offence that involves controlling, forcing, intimidating or deceiving a person of any age in order to exploit them through sexual acts/services.

It’s important to note that traffickers aren’t always men, and sex workers aren’t always women. Sex work and Human Trafficking are distinctively different, generally when a person engages in sex work they make the choice to do so. Sex workers keep the money earned and can decide to exit anytime they choose. Domestic Sex Trafficking (form of Human Trafficking) occurs when a person controls, manipulates and intimidates another person into providing sexual services where the money earned goes back to the Trafficker. To enhance the control over victims of Domestic Sex Trafficking, exploiters remove their victims from their familiar surroundings and they are isolated from the general public, family and loved ones.

Human Trafficking/sexual exploitation isn’t easy to spot.

Signs that Someone May be a Victim:

  • They may seem disoriented or disheveled
  • They appear withdrawn and/or intimidated (rarely smile)
  • They rarely, if ever, leave the premise or are escorted whenever they do
  • They are rarely left alone
  • They may be made up to look older than they really are
  • They may show signs of physical abuse
  • They don’t have their own credit cards or forms of identification
  • They may have tattoos that mark ownership
  • The person/people they are with seems to be preventing them from moving about freely
  • The person/people they are with are significantly older
  • International victims might have a very limited knowledge of English (if any) and will often travel with others, but one person will obviously be in charge of the group

Hotel Industry

If people are being trafficked/sexually exploited in your place of work, other illegal activities may also be taking place, such as drug use, sexual assaults, disputes, physical assaults and robberies.

Signs that Someone May be Trafficked in your Workplace:

  • A person who refuses to leave a credit card imprint and insists on paying cash, or uses disposable or reloadable gift credit cards
  • Someone who books more than one room, yet doesn’t appear to be with a large group.
  • Age difference between the adult and one or more of the young people with them. One person obviously in charge of the others (doing all the talking, etc.)
  • Guests who have little to no luggage (possibly only a large shoulder bag)
  • High traffic to guest rooms
  • Many different people entering and exiting a room at regular intervals. A Trafficker will schedule as many appointments as possible each night to maximize profit.

If you want to speak to someone about Human Trafficking/Sexual Exploitation but you do not want to report an incident to police at this time, you can speak confidentially with Sudbury and Area Victim Services. SAVS can listen, offer support and help connect you to resources.

Who to Contact

In an Emergency call 911

For Non-Emergent situations:

Greater Sudbury Police Service 705-675-9171

Sudbury Crime Stoppers 705-222-8477


Victim Support:

Sudbury and Area Victim Services 705-522-6970