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Counter Exploitation Unit

The VPD’s Counter Exploitation Unit is a specialized unit that responds to community issues and needs relating to prostitution and criminal exploitation. The members investigate incidents of human trafficking under the Criminal Code of Canada and the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act, which include the criminal exploitation of people in the sex trade and anyone whose labour has been obtained through various forms of exploitation.

The Unit's Internet Child Exploitation (ICE) officers also investigate the online exploitation of children, specifically internet child luring, and the possession, distribution, and accessing of child pornography.

Members assist sex workers who want to exit the sex trade, and investigate crimes related to prostitution. Incidents that involve violence, exploitation, youth victims, organized crime affiliations, and human trafficking are considered high-risk, making them priorities for intervention and investigation.

The Unit has been especially successful in resolving cases involving the exploitation of children and teens. Investigators rely on cooperative relationships with witnesses, and work closely with Crown Counsel, victims, parents, support workers, and other professionals to prosecute exploiters, and to help young people escape from the sex trade.

A dedicated community services worker is assigned to the Unit, who provides assistance to witnesses and other clients, and helps them become connected to specialized support agencies.

Successful conclusions and solutions in these sensitive investigations involves education and consultation, often using creative and modern approaches. The safety of sex workers and the community is the most important goal of the Counter Exploitation Unit.

Available Resources


1 (866) 658-9022

Canada's tipline to report the online sexual exploitation of children


The Office to Combat Trafficking in Persons

Toll-free 1 (888) 712-7974 (24 hours)
General Inquiries (604) 660-5199
Email octip@gov.bc.ca

Get immediate support and referrals to services in B.C. by contacting their toll-free number. It is answered by VictimLinkBC staff, who have received special training on human trafficking indicators, and resources and supports for trafficked persons.

Deborah's Gate

To contact Deborah's Gate staff regarding programs and referrals:

(604) 915-5678 (24/7)
1 (855) 332-4283 (toll-free Canada-wide)
Email: info@deborahsgate.ca


Children of the Street Society

(604) 777-7510
1 (877) 551-6611 (toll-free)
Email: info@childrenofthestreet.com


1 (877) 411-7532
Email: cjimenez@plea.bc.ca

Onyx is a one-to-one-voluntary support service for youth under the age of 19 who are being sexually exploited.

Preventing Sexual Exploitation - A Guide for International Students

The South Vancouver Community Policing Centre has put together a guide for the prevention of sexual exploitation and human trafficking of international students.

Contact the VPD Counter Exploitation Unit

Tel: (604) 717-3426
Fax (604) 717-2610
Email: vpd.ceu@vpd.ca.

Sex Work Enforcement Guidelines

The Sex Work Enforcement Guidelines report is a reflection of the VPD's priorities and philosophy towards enforcement of sex work-related laws. It provides the rationale for the response strategies and it is intended to ensure a consistent, respectful approach when VPD officers are interacting with anyone involved in the sex industry.

Human Trafficking 

Human trafficking is happening in our schools and communities.

If you or someone you know needs help, find information here.