Griffon Initiative: the RCMP and the SPVM together against sexual exploitation

June 5, 2017
Montréal, Quebec

News release

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A man leads a young woman in a hotel room
Police officer comforting a young girl in a hotel room

Over the past few years, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) and the Service de police de la Ville de Montréal (SPVM), assisted by many partners, have taken various actions against sexual exploitation among the Quebec population, visitors and foreign tourists.

Thwarting demand for sexual services

Sexual exploitation and human trafficking are current problems in our territories and police are dedicating ongoing efforts to face them. Large-scale and internationally-renowned events draw a large amount of visitors to the city and require police services to pay special attention to the demand for sexual services. Authorities would like to remind the public that the purchase of sexual services is a crime at any time. In many cases, the women providing such services are forced to do so. By purchasing sexual services, clients thereby contribute to financing sexual exploitation networks.

This initiative is carried out in partnership with:

  • the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA)
  • Aéroports de Montréal
  • the Service de police de l'agglomération de Longueuil (SPAL)
  • the Service de police de Laval (SPL)
  • the United States Attorney's Office / Department of Justice (USAO)
  • the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI)
  • Homeland Security Investigations (HSI)
  • the United States Border Patrol (USBP)
  • the Customs and Border Protection (CBP)
  • the United States Department of State Diplomatic Security Service

Griffon Initiative

The Griffon Initiative is a campaign to raise awareness and prevent sexual exploitation, which supports the efforts of the SPVM in Montreal. Coordinated by the RCMP and the SPVM, with the support of many police forces from Quebec and US authorities, this initiative aims to remind the public that the purchase of sexual services is a crime. During last year's offensive, a dozen arrests were made, including those of three clients who purchased services from a minor.

The fight against human trafficking and sexual exploitation

Police from the RCMP's Border Integrity Program conduct investigations, gather information and disrupt the activities of international criminal organizations, in particular concerning human trafficking for sexual exploitation, to bring traffickers to justice and remove victims who are being exploited by these organizations.

The SPVM has a mandate to combat sexual exploitation in all its forms in its jurisdiction. This includes taking action on fronts such as prevention, investigations and operations. It also implemented a specialized investigators unit to fight against sexual exploitation, as well as Project Survivante.

A plea to the public

Do you have information on sexual exploitation and human trafficking? Please contact RCMP investigators at 1-800-771-5401 or the SPVM, via Info-Crime Montréal, at 514-393-1133. The information provided will be anonymous and confidential. If a crime is in progress, dial 911.

Who can be a victim of sexual exploitation? Visit the Human Trafficking National Coordination Centre to learn about indicators to help identify an exploited person.

Follow our awareness campaign on social media: #DontBeAnAccomplice

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Contact information

Royal Canadian Mounted Police
Communications Office
514-939-8308

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