There continues to be few convictions for human trafficking but police in Nova Scotia say they are working to build strong cases in hopes the evidence will lead to more successful investigations.
Const. Natasha Jamieson, RCMP awareness coordinator for human trafficking, says the cases are complex and there are many reasons why they can be difficult to prove in court.
"It's not like a break and enter investigation or a common assault investigation where, as a law enforcement official, you see it as soon as you walk in the door or as soon as you have contact with that person," said Jamieson.
"These people have been stripped of a lot of who they are, and some have been isolated and taken away from family and friends and they've been told to distrust the police."