The provincial human trafficking Intelligence-led Joint Forces Strategy (IJFS) has laid 72 human trafficking charges against 28 people since being created in December 2021.
The strategy involves 21 police services across the province, including Ontario Provincial Police and Anishinabek Police.
Officials say 61 victims, ranging in age from 12 to 47 years old have been assisted.
“Due to the transient nature of human trafficking, one police service cannot battle human trafficking alone – we rely on our law enforcement and community partners and on the public for support,” says Detective Inspector Jordan Whitesell, OPP IJFS Lead. “Together with the members of the IJFS, we will continue to fight for those who cannot, for those who live in fear, for those who do not feel like their life is their own.”
Wednesday, Feb. 22 is Human Trafficking Awareness Day.
The province says it’s an important opportunity for Ontarians to learn about this issue, including how trafficking happens, how to spot the warning signs, and where to get help.
For more information visit: Ontario.ca/HumanTrafficking