Service providers, consider the following…..

3 Questions

These 3 questions have been developed to be easily implemented to an intake form. If someone answers yes to any or all of these questions, your client may be trafficked.

  1. Have you ever worked and someone took all or some of your money?

  2. Have you ever felt forced into doing something that made money for anyone else?

  3. Has fear and confusion ever made you feel trapped in a lifestyle you didn’t want to be a part of?

Education 

WEFiGHT is available to  provide information and training to staff on the signs of trafficking, best practice and the development of protocols. We can adjust our training time frame to suit your needs. Just call the number provided to schedule your session. 

Outreach

WEFiGHT is available to provide outreach to individuals utilizing your agency services. We are happy to provide information & education about trafficking in our community and where people can get help. For further information about outreach, please call the number provided. 

Understanding the Mindset of a Trafficked Person

Domestic Trafficked Victims

  • may come from difficult home situations

  • have had negative police experience

  • may be looking for a belonging

  • fearful of safety (theirs and their family)

  • may have been forced to break the law

  • may be extorted through pictures or video

  • may be unaware of their surroundings

  • may be addicted to drugs

  • often have strained relationships

  • may be in love with their trafficker

Internationally Trafficked Victims

  • english may not be their 1st language

  • may not understand our culture

  • have been deceived into incurring large debt

  • fear or distrust of law enforcement

  • fear or distrust of immigration officials

  • feel the situation is their fault

  • may develop loyalties to their trafficker

  • fear for themselves and family members

  • may have been forced to steal of break the law

BEST PRACTICE

Reassure Them

  • Your 1st priority is their safety

  • This is not their fault

  • They have rights

  • You can connect them to an agency that can assist with

    • housing/income/food

    • counselling and support

    • immigration status

    • police/court support

Interaction

  • if a 3rd party is present, attempt to safely seperate

  • if English is not their 1st language, use a staff member or call in an interpreter. NEVER use a family member or friend. Multicultural Council  has trained interpreters

  • avoid probing questions, allow them to tell their story in their time

  • gaining trust is most important, patience is key

Educate yourself and others with the following information and tools provided.

Tools for Educators: National Human Trafficking Resource Center

This tool is designed by the organization Polaris to help educators identify the risk factors and indicators of human trafficking. Click here for access to the tool.