A national hotline to help victims and survivors of human trafficking has now been established here in Canada. The Canadian Centre to End Human Trafficking launched the new multilingual and accessible hotline on Wednesday at 7 a.m. in order to raise awareness regarding the subject and make it more known to the general public.

Barbara Gosse, the centre’s Chief Executive Officer, has gone on to say that the hotline is for anyone who has been affected by human trafficking, be it victims, tipsters wanting to flag possible cases, and for those who want to learn more on the subject.

“There are still an awful lot of individuals in this country who believe that human trafficking is happening elsewhere,” says Barbara Gosse. “In actual fact… human trafficking is happening in communities right across this country. And that is a threat to every vulnerable girl, woman, man or boy.”

The toll-free hotline will be made available in more than 200 languages as well as a number of Indigenous languages 24 hours a day. It will also be made available and accessible to the deaf and hard of hearing with a website accessible for the blind and visually impaired.

The hotline was created with help from an international company that has already established similar services in other countries with some services that have been around for more than a decade.

Canada’s hotline will also be collecting data on the cases of human trafficking in the country along with helping victims and get law enforcement to help them with their cases. The hotline will also help gather information on when, where, and how often these cases make themselves known and how to eliminate trafficking.

The federal government pledged $14.5 million over five years to raise enough funding for the hotline. Statistics Canada has been tracking down cases of human trafficking for years and has reported that it has been on the rise since 2010.

The new hotline is accessible 24 hours a day at : 1-833-900-1010 and on its website https://www.canadianhumantraffickinghotline.ca/

Deaf and non-verbal users can dial 7-1-1, then ask the relay service to connect them to the main hotline number.