11 of 13 - What is the role of law enforcement in addressing human trafficking?

  • identify children and adults at risk
  • inform potential victims of their rights
  • identify and investigate criminal elements of circumstances and seek to prosecute individuals involved in human trafficking
  • refer potential victims who are not Canadian citizens or permanent residents to Citizenship and Immigration Canada to learn of their options regarding immigration status
  • identify support services and refer victims/potential victims to specialist non-government organizations that may assist with finding safe accommodation, and various needs, including medical, psychological, legal assistance, education, and work placement
  • conduct interviews, seek intelligence, undertake investigations with immigration officials and any other appropriate parties, and ensure that links are made with other agencies and national/international policing organizations
  • provide protection to victims and staff supporting them
  • work closely with Citizenship and Immigration Canada, Canada Border Services Agency, provincial/territorial and municipal agencies, social services, child welfare authorities and any non-government organizations involved in service delivery to provide protection to victims, including children
  • conduct a continuous risk assessment with respect to the safety and welfare of the victims and their families at every stage of the investigation and judicial process and beyond
  • enforce the laws of Canada, including those in the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (IRPA) Section 118, and the Criminal Code, Section 279.01-279.03 (Section 279 concerns kidnapping).