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Tracia’s Trust: Manitoba’s Sexual Exploitation Strategy

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The sexual exploitation and sex trafficking of children, youth and adults is a serious concern in Manitoba, Canada, and around the globe. Children and youth who have been sexually exploited are victims of child sexual abuse.


The Manitoba Strategy Responding to Children and Youth at Risk of, or Survivors of, Sexual Exploitation was launched in December 2002 as directed by the Manitoba Government’s Healthy Child Committee of Cabinet. The Department of Family Services is responsible for coordinating the implementation of the Manitoba Strategy, with other partner departments and agencies leading specific responses within the Strategy. Over the past several years, the Strategy has included several initiatives in the areas of prevention, intervention, legislation, coordination, research and evaluation.

Tracia’s Trust, phase two of the Manitoba Strategy was launched December 10, 2008. Emphasis is placed on the need to build upon phase one by:

  • implementing more prevention initiatives,
  • developing a fuller continuum of services for victims,
  • increasing public awareness, and
  • making offenders more accountable.

While the first phase of the strategy focused on children exploited through prostitution, phase two of the Strategy encompasses the coordination of services for all ages (children, youth and adults), and considers all forms of sexual exploitation, including prostitution, pornography, sex trafficking, sex tourism and internet luring.

For a timeline on how Tracia's Trust came to be, click on the links below:

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, drugs, shelter, food, protection or other necessities. This is a broader definition than that used in The Child Sexual Exploitation and Human Trafficking Act.

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

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