WINNIPEG – Operation Northern Spotlight is a joint human trafficking project involving the collaboration of several police agencies across Canada. During the period of October 15th to 21st, 2018 members of the Winnipeg Police Service Counter Exploitation Unit conducted proactive outreach to individuals who may be victims of human trafficking and sexual exploitation. Enforcement efforts were also conducted to target offenders.
As a result of the involvement by the Winnipeg Police Service Counter Exploitation Unit:
- 36 contacts were made to identify and assist those believed to be sexually exploited and victims of human trafficking. Those identified ranged in ages of 18-48
- 7 individuals aged 19-56 years were arrested for Obtaining Sexual Services for Consideration
- 7 Vehicles were seized under the Highway Traffic Act for Prostitution offences.
The Winnipeg Police Service takes the safety and security of all women seriously. Police will continue to investigate and hold those responsible for these crimes accountable. This important initiative is a cooperative effort that brings police services together and sends a strong message to the offenders involved in organized efforts to exploit vulnerable people across geographic boundaries.
In Winnipeg, anyone with new information that might assist investigators is asked to contact the Counter Exploitation Unit (CEU) at 1-204-986-3464 or Email: WPS-CEU@winnipeg.ca
Our commitment to issues surrounding those at risk of human trafficking and sexual exploitation in our community will continue.