Ottawa Coalition to End Human Trafficking (OCEHT)

How do I identify a trafficked person?

There is usually a combination of a wide range of indicators that can serve to identify a person in a trafficking situation. To learn about these indicators, we invite you to register for training offered by the Ottawa Coalition to End Human Trafficking HERE

What do I do if I suspect a client / patient is being trafficked?

Speak with your client and offer help – be mindful that their safety and security may be at risk. Many exploited individuals are not aware that they are living in a trafficking situation.

To register for training HERE to learn about appropriate responses.

What do I do if I suspect a child is being trafficked?

If you suspect that a child is being trafficked, the Ontario Child and Family Services Act requires that you report this matter to the Children’s Aid Society because that child is considered to be in need of protection. For additional information, please see Reporting Child Abuse and Neglect: It’s your Duty 

If I provide a service/support to a trafficked person, while he/she is involved in ongoing legal proceedings, can I be subpoenaed?

Yes it is possible.  Communications with your client may be protected by confidentiality rules for your profession.  We recommend that you consult your profession’s governing body for guidance e.g. Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons.  We also recommend consulting a lawyer to discuss the rules of evidence affecting you in this circumstance.

What happens when a person is rescued from / exits a trafficking situation?

Each case is different. Typically, individuals who have exited a trafficking situation (by whatever means) have a range of resource and support needs. The mandate of the Coalition is to meet these needs. However, service providers should be prepared for the possibility that it may take several attempts to permanently remove a trafficked person from the influence of the trafficker.