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Human Trafficking: It Happens Here

Sexual Human Trafficking is defined as: "Every person who recruits, transports, transfers, holds, conceals or harbours a person, or exercises control, direction or influence over the movements of a person, for the purpose of sexually exploiting them or facilitating their sexual exploitation." It is the second largest criminal industry in the world.

Waterloo Regional Police report that in 2019 there were:

  • 90 investigations of human trafficking

  • 40 criminal charges laid through these investigations

  • More investigations of human trafficking cases compared to previous years

  • 95% of victims are female and have ranged in age from 14 to 47 years old. Youth face the highest risk, from the age of 12 to 24.

  • Human trafficking is a vastly under-reported crime, and these statistics likely only show a small glimpse into the real problem of sex trafficking in Waterloo Region.

Source: St. Mary’s General Hospital &

How it Happens:

  • Sex traffickers connect with persons online or in person

  • Often act kind or in love to lure people

  • Use threats to control people

If you or someone you know is a victim of human trafficking, please contact Waterloo Regional Police at or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

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