Human trafficking in Prince Edward Island

Human trafficking continues to be an issue across Canada and in Prince Edward Island. It involves recruiting, transporting, or controlling a person. Victims are often trafficked for sexual exploitation or forced labour. Traffickers may use violence, intimidation or deception to control their victims.

The Prince Edward Island Major Crimes Unit:

  • conducts enforcement activities related to human trafficking
  • facilitates victim support
  • educates partners and stakeholders

Learn more about human trafficking.

Recognizing the signs of human trafficking

Someone might be a victim of human trafficking if they:

  • are in a new relationship and are treated like a prince or princess
  • need to regularly check in with someone via cell phone or text
  • change in physical appearance (such as having hair and nails done)
  • receive expensive gifts for no reason
  • start wearing new clothing, lingerie, designer shoes and handbags
  • withdraw from family and friends
  • not in control of their personal documents (driver's licence, passport, etc.) or money
  • started a job that sounds too good to be true

It's possible that victims might not recognize they've been recruited into human trafficking and are now in a dangerous situation.

Find more information about how to recognize signs of human trafficking.

Reporting human trafficking

You can report suspected human trafficking by contacting the National Human Trafficking Hotline at 1-833-900-1010.

On Prince Edward Island, you can also report human trafficking by calling 1-833-739-9891.

To report a crime anonymously, contact P.E.I. Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

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