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WHAT DOES HUMAN TRAFFICKING LOOK LIKE IN CALEDON AND DUFFERIN?

Vulnerable girls are being lured into prostitution, sex trafficking and other forms of sexual exploitation using promises, manipulation, provision of drugs and alcohol and violence or threats of violence against family and friends. These children are in our schools, our sports arenas, dance studios and at weekend parties-they are being targeted online and in person by predators who pose as friends.

WHAT DOES SEX TRAFFICKING MEAN?

Sexually exploited individuals are coerced into trading sex acts for anything of value: food, money, drugs, alcohol, gifts, place to stay, rent. Sexual exploitation includes any type of sex act, stripping, explicit photo sharing, suggestive videos, modelling photos and erotic massage

HOW DO PREDATORS WORK?

Targeted and tricked-either in person or online, predators often present as boyfriends or girlfriends investing a lot of time and effort forming a bond with the victim. They provide affection, gifts, and promises and isolate them from family and friends.

WHO IS BEING TARGETED?

13 is the average age a child is first exploited. Kids who have been victims of child abuse, homeless youth or those in group homes or foster care; runaways or kids involved in the justice system are most at risk-but really, the highest risk factors are being young and being female

WHAT CAN YOU DO?

If anything we described sounds familiar or raises concerns, you have come to the right place.

Our agency provides 24/7, client centred services which do not require police involvement. We can provide support, information, referrals and financial assistance to victims of human trafficking and their families.

Trust your intuition-most young people caught up in human trafficking do not come forward or identify as victims. Most believe they are in a caring relationship with their pimp and need the help and support of family, friends and professionals. Talk to your kids about their social media use; know who your child’s friends are and ask to meet new friends/boyfriends. Know where your children are spending their time.

We are here to begin the journey with you and your priorities are our priorities. If you are looking for more information or just need to talk, please give us a call.
 If you or anyone you know is in immediate danger, please call 9-1-1

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