Members of the Provincial Human Trafficking Unit recently participated in Canada's first annual Summit for Frontline Human Trafficking Investigators: "The Maddison Sessions."
The summit, which took place in April, brought together more than 60 of Canada's top human trafficking investigators to build a national network to combat human trafficking, child sexual exploitation and gender-based violence.
The summit, hosted by #NotInMyCity, carries the namesake of Maddison Fraser, a Nova Scotia woman who lost her life to human trafficking in Alberta.
"Human trafficking is a crisis in our country. The only way that this crisis is going to possibly come to an end, is if we all work together to combat what's become a nation-wide issue." – Jennifer Holleman, Maddison Fraser's mother.
Cpl. Dave Lane and Insp. Murray Marcichiw attended the summit where Cpl. Lane provided opening remarks and presented on a recent investigation in Nova Scotia with the purpose of educating other lead investigators.
"Working with front-line investigators from across Canada is critical to response and prevention efforts. Human trafficking has no borders and we're seeing an increase in multi-jurisdictional investigations across the country. The Maddison Sessions provided an opportunity for investigators to work as one cohesive entity." – Cpl. Lane, Nova Scotia RCMP Human Trafficking Coordinator.
"We are grateful to have attended the summit, which gave us the opportunity to share our knowledge out of Nova Scotia, learn from the experiences of many other investigators, and bring that knowledge back." Insp. Marcichiw, Officer-In-Charge, Major Crime and Behavioural Science Group.
If you or someone you know may be a victim of human trafficking, call the Nova Scotia Human Trafficking Hotline at 902-449-2425.
You can also report a suspected human trafficking crime by contacting the National Human Trafficking Hotline at 1-833-900-1010.
To report a crime anonymously, contact Nova Scotia Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).
Note to media: Cpl. Dave Lane and Insp. Murray Marcichiw are available for interviews.