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Human Trafficking National Coordination Centre

The RCMP has established a Human Trafficking National Coordination Centre (HTNCC) at RCMP Headquarters in Ottawa.

The Centre provides a focal point for law enforcement in their efforts to combat and disrupt individuals and criminal organizations involved in Human Trafficking activities.

The HTNCC has five priorities:

  1. Develop tools, protocols and guidelines to facilitate Human Trafficking investigations.
  2. Coordinate national awareness/training and anti-trafficking initiatives.
  3. Identify and maintain lines of communication, identify issues for integrated coordination and provide support
  4. Develop and maintain international partnerships and coordinate international initiatives.
  5. Coordinate intelligence and facilitate the dissemination of all sources of information/ intelligence.

Summary of human trafficking convictions

As of January 2017, the HTNCC research has identified 401 cases since 2005 where human trafficking specific charges were laid.

Of the 401 cases:

  • 382 are domestic (primarily sexual exploitation)
  • 19 are international (primarily for forced labour)
  • 115 have successfully resulted in human trafficking specific and/or related convictions (i.e. Procuring, Living off the avails of prostitution, Forcible confinement, Keeping a common bawdy house, etc.)
  • 249 remain before the court (involving approximately 404 accused and 353 victims.

The longest sentence for human trafficking for:

  • sexual exploitation was 23 years (conviction by judge)
  • forced labour was 9 years (guilty plea)