- Human Trafficking in B.C.
On Friday March 15th, Minister of Justice and Attorney General Shirley Bond announced BC’s Action Plan to Combat Trafficking in Persons 2013-2016. The BC Action Plan sets out key priority focus and action areas for responding to issues of human trafficking across the province over the next three years.
Three consultations were held in 2012 in Prince George, Vancouver, and Victoria to inform the BC Action Plan. Links to the summaries from these consultations can be found here:
- Vancouver Consultation, February 2012
- Victoria Consultation, June 2012
- Prince George Consultation, September 2012
The Office to Combat Trafficking in Persons (OCTIP) opened under the Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General in July 2007 with a mandate to develop and coordinate B.C.’s response to human trafficking. As the first office of its kind in Canada, OCTIP has joined forces with key provincial ministries, federal departments, municipal governments, law enforcement agencies, community based and aboriginal organizations, in the development and delivery of an integrated and permanent response to human trafficking in B.C.
OCTIP is part of the Ministry of Community Safety and Crime Prevention Branch.
To develop and coordinate British Columbia's response to domestic and international human trafficking by:
British Columbia is leading the way nationally in responding to human trafficking. B.C.'s Office to Combat Trafficking in Persons will advise and assist other jurisdictions and organizations to develop location specific responses to international and domestic human trafficking.