If you think a child is being harmed or neglected,
contact CFS at 1-866-345-9241.
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Responding to Sexual Exploitation: Tracia's Trust

How common are sexual exploitation and sex trafficking?

It is estimated that hundreds of children, youth and adults are victimized in the visible sex trade on the streets of Winnipeg and other cities each year. It is also estimated that thousands  are victimized in the invisible sex trade that takes place in hidden venues such as private homes and drug houses located throughout the province.
Most adult sex trade workers report that their victimization began at a very young age; sometimes as young as 9, and at an average age of 14.
Without intervention, these children, youth and adults are at far greater risk of:
  • violence, including abusive relationships, sexual assault and homicide;
  • sexually transmitted diseases;
  • gang involvement;
  • early pregnancy;
  • mental health difficulties;
  • academic difficulties;
  • involvement with the child and family services and criminal justice systems;
  • long term dependence on social services and government assistance; and
  • raising children who are much more likely to repeat the same cycle.