On June 1, 2021 the official Human Trafficking in Wellington County awareness campaign began. The Wellington County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP), Crime Stoppers Guelph Wellington and Victim Services Wellington partnered together to create #HTinWC and will work towards a shared goal of creating awareness concerning human trafficking in our rural communities. This campaign was made possible through a grant offered by the government of Canada and is a two year initiative.
Human trafficking involves the recruitment, transportation or harbouring of persons for the purposes of exploitation. It does not require the crossing of borders or any movement of persons. Exploitation is the key element of the offence.
Integrated resources, the sharing of information, a victim-centred approach and community partnerships are critical to law enforcement’s effective response to this kind of crime.
Human trafficking is not confined to “big cities.”
To report an emergency call 911 or the OPP 24 Hour Police Service: 1-888-310-1122
Canadian Human Trafficking Hotline: 1-833-900-1010