Human Trafficking: Issues Facing Women

Human Trafficking
  • In 2016, Canadian police services reported 340 incidents of human trafficking where it was the most serious violation (Chart 1).
  • According to police-reported data, there were a total of 865 victims of human trafficking between 2009 and 2016. The vast majority (95%) of these victims were women.
  • Females under the age of 25 years represented 70% of all victims of police-reported human trafficking (26% were less than 18 years old, and 44% were between 18 and 24 years).
  • While incidents of human trafficking in Nova Scotia accounted for 6% of the incidents reported nationally over the eight-year period, the rate reported in the province in 2016 (2.1 per 100,000) was the highest recorded among the provinces and territories.

  1. Statistics Canada. 2018. Trafficking in persons in Canada, 2016.