OPS Human Trafficking Unit rescues female sex trade worker

OTTAWA — The Ottawa Police Service Human Trafficking Unit has rescued a woman from the perils of her recent human trafficking situation.

The Ottawa Police Service responded to a call for service in mid-September, in the south end of the city after a woman reached out to Police when she was unable to escape her traffickers. Emergency response officers gathered intelligence and contacted the Human Trafficking unit who subsequently investigated the circumstances.

Members of the OPS Human Trafficking Unit were able to rescue the female from her current circumstances; while being able to facilitate her transportation to a place of safety some significant distance out of province.

“This is a perfect example of excellent police work at the patrol directorate level. Our specialized investigative unit worked diligently to find the most appropriate response while assisting and attending to the survivor’s needs with the assistance of a non-governmental agency. The safety, security and wellbeing of sex trade workers are always paramount in any of our investigations” stated Sgt. Damien Laflamme, who coordinates the OPS Human Trafficking Unit.

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