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Police Encourage Human Trafficking Victims to Reach Out

Police say vulnerable people can feel safe reaching out to police if they find themselves victimized by human trafficking.

The Woodstock Police and Brantford police are letting victims of human trafficking know they are not alone.

Woodstock Police Constable Nikki VanLeeuwen says human trafficking is an issue affecting many communities, including here in Woodstock despite many people saying they can't believe that sort of thing happens here.

"There are issues in every community about human trafficking and Brantford Police and Woodstock City Police have a really good relationship with each other and do other joint initiatives, so this particular one they are working together."

VanLeeuwen says they want people to know there is no reason to suffer through these issues alone.

"There's tonnes of resources in both communities. People can call police, people can call victim services. One of the big things that we want to do is build relationships with vulnerable people who are out on the streets so they feel comfortable calling us."

People who find themselves embroiled in human trafficking can feel safe reaching out according to VanLeeuwen.

"What we really want to do is empower women to stand up for themselves and come forward and feel safe with us. It's not about the arresting and investigating and getting the bad guys in this situation; we just want to make sure these women are safe."

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