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Responding to Sexual Exploitation: Tracia's Trust

Frequently Asked Questions

What is sexual exploitation?

For the purposes of the Manitoba Strategy, child sexual exploitation is: the act of coercing, luring or engaging a child, under the age of 18, into a sexual act, and involvement in the sex trade or pornography, with or without the child’s consent, in exchange for money or drugs, or in exchange for food, protection, or other necessities.

What do I do if it is happening to someone I know?

If you know of a child who is being sexually exploited and is in need of protection call a child and family services agency.

If someone is in immediate danger, call your local emergency police number.

What is the Tracia’s Trust? What is the Manitoba Sexual Exploitation Strategy?

Tracia’s Trust: Manitoba’s Sexual Exploitation Strategy is comprised of several initiatives in the areas of prevention, intervention, legislation, coordination, research and evaluation. The Strategy encompasses the coordination of services for all ages, including children, youth and adults, as well as all forms of sexual exploitation, including prostitution, pornography, sex trafficking, sex tourism and internet luring.

Who is most at risk for sexual exploitation?

The majority of children, youth and adults victimized by sexual exploitation are female; however, there is a growing awareness of the sexual exploitation of boys and transgender youth. Many are of Aboriginal descent.
Most have experienced family conflicts, addictions or childhood abuses such as neglect and physical and/or sexual abuse and many are involved in the child and family services (CFS) system.
The majority have also experienced homelessness for short or extended periods of time. Homelessness is often the result of youth on the run from home, CFS placements or the justice system. During this time of homelessness, youth are most at risk of becoming sexually exploited – at times, exchanging sexual favours for the basic necessities of life, such as food and shelter.