As victims are often transported by air, airports are ideally positioned to assist in the effort to combat human trafficking. As Canada’s largest airport, we recognize we have a responsibility to take action. By coming together, we can help share suspicions with law enforcement, stay up to date on trends and provide awareness and education to our airport workers and passengers on the ways to recognize the signs of human trafficking and how to respond.
What is human trafficking?
Human trafficking is a violation of a person’s most basic human rights, and is often described as modern-day slavery. Traffickers use various methods to maintain control over their victims, including physical violence, sexual assault and emotional abuse.
Launched in 2017, #NotInMyCity works to collaborate with law enforcement, victim service providers, survivor advocates and Indigenous and community leaders.
Other Canadian airport partners include the Calgary Airport Authority, Fort McMurray International Airport, Edmonton International Airport, Kelowna International Airport, Ottawa International Airport, Halifax Stanfield International Airport and London International Airport.
How to get help
Locally, our partners at Peel Regional Police are leading efforts to help those are being trafficked. If you, or someone you know is a victim of human trafficking, help is available: 1-833-900-1010.