Human Trafficking Awareness Day

February 22 is Human Trafficking Awareness Day and the integrated Human Trafficking Team wants victims of human trafficking to know that police are here to help.

Our first priority is the safety of victims. Members of the Human Trafficking Team work with community partners to support victims, address their specific needs and get them to safety. Victims will be treated with dignity and respect and their safety will remain our primary goal. We want to assure victims that the decision to participate in the investigation is theirs and we will respect their wishes.

Human trafficking is a criminal offence that involves controlling, forcing, intimidating, or deceiving a person of any age in order to exploit them through various forms of sexual exploitation or forced labour. Investigators in the Human Trafficking Team focus on targeting those who are responsible for coercing people into the sex trade.

We need the public’s assistance to stop the exploitation of people in our community.

If you or someone you know is a victim of human trafficking:

  • To reach out for support or share information:
    • Call:
      • 902-490-5142 to contact the integrated Human Trafficking Team. Please note this line is not monitored 24/7. To file a report and have an officer follow up with you, please call 902-490-5020. If safety is of immediate concern, please call 911.
      • 902-449-2425 to contact the Nova Scotia Human Trafficking Team, 24/7.
    • Visit the Trafficking and Exploitation Services System website for a list of non-profit and government agencies that have specialized knowledge and training on the issue of human trafficking.

If you witness suspicious activity you think may be linked to human trafficking, you should:

  • Not intervene. You may put yourself and others at risk if you intervene. You could also inadvertently interfere with an ongoing investigation.
    • Record all relevant information, including names, dates, time, location, descriptions of people and vehicles.
  • Report it:
    • 911 to report a situation where someone’s life is at risk or they require immediate assistance.
    • 902-490-5020 to report an incident and have an officer follow up with you.
    • 1-800-222-8477 to make an anonymous tip to Nova Scotia Crime Stoppers.

For more information on the human trafficking, visit:

Tech Approach to Help Victims of Human Trafficking

February 22, 2022, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia… A new tech approach aims to provide direct access to information on how to recognize the signs of Human Trafficking and report it.

A quick response (QR) code launched today provides direct access to information on how to recognize the signs and report human trafficking in Nova Scotia. The QR codes are included on posters and stickers that will be distributed throughout the province. The initiative is being led by the Provincial Human Trafficking Unit and is funded by the Nova Scotia Department of Justice.

The QR Codes can be scanned quickly and unobtrusively and will provide rapid access to resources on human trafficking and contact information to report suspected cases, including the Nova Scotia Human Trafficking tip line, 902-449-2425, which is monitored 24/7 by an investigator in the human trafficking unit. In cases or emergency or concerns for safety the public is reminded to report these situations to their local police or through 911 to obtain immediate police assistance.

Recognizing the signs of human trafficking

Someone might be a victim of human trafficking if they:

  • are in a new relationship and are treated like a prince or princess
  • need to regularly check in with someone via cell phone or text
  • change in physical appearance (such as having hair and nails done)
  • receive expensive gifts for no reason
  • start wearing new clothing, lingerie, designer shoes and handbags
  • withdraw from family and friends
  • not in control of their personal documents (driver’s licence, passport, etc.) or money
  • started a job that sounds too good to be true

*It is possible that victims might not recognize they’ve been recruited into human trafficking and are now in a dangerous situation.

In addition to the Nova Scotia Human Trafficking Hotline, resources are also available by calling the Canadian Human Trafficking Hotline (833) 900-1010 (24/7- multilingual) or the Halifax Regional Municipality Integrated Human Trafficking Team (902) 490-5142 (not monitored 24/7).

“In addition to calling the Nova Scotia Human Trafficking Unit tip line at (902) 449-2425, the QR code provides discrete access to resources and a connection to members of the Provincial Human Trafficking Unit. It is another way to enable those impacted by human trafficking to seek help and empower residents of Nova Scotia to know the signs, report and help disrupt Human Trafficking in our province.”

Insp. Murray Marcichiw, Officer responsible for the Nova Scotia Human Trafficking Unit and Officer in Charge of Major Crimes, RCMP Nova Scotia

“Human Trafficking has been hiding in plain sight in our communities for many decades.  We must see it and name it before we can respond to it effectively.”

Charlene Gagnon – Manager, Advocacy, Research, New Initiatives and Home for Good, YWCA Halifax


Note to media: Cpl. Dave Lane, Investigator, Provincial Human Trafficking Unit, is available for interviews.

To arrange for an interview, please contact:

Cpl. Chris Marshall

Public Information Officer

Nova Scotia RCMP

Cell: 902-222-0154