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1 IN 4 VICTIMS ARE UNDER THE AGE OF 18 IN CANADA
Child sex traffickers operate by building trust with victims and manipulating them into sexual exploitation. Anyone involved in selling sexual services under the age of 18 is a victim of sex trafficking under US & Canadian law
1 in 4 victims are under the age of 18 in Canada
Over 52% of reported cases lead to zero arrests in Canada
OVER 52% OF REPORTED CASES LEAD TO ZERO ARRESTS IN CANADA
Many victims are trafficked by an intimate partner, it is possible that victims did not want to identify the accused due to their shared bond or their reliance on the accused to have their basic needs met. Other reasons include fear for their safety, fear of prosecution, shame, etc.
Trafficking cases take almost 2X as long to complete than violent adult crime court cases
Between 2009/2010 and 2019/2020, completed adult criminal court cases that included at least one charge of human trafficking had an average of 17 charges (human trafficking or otherwise) per case. By comparison, over the same period, cases involving at least one violent offense averaged four charges per case overall.
40% of trafficking cases start online
Traffickers are creative in the way they recruit. They use tactics through online messaging, posts, advertisements, fake profiles, online games, and more.
“For over a decade, online advertising has been the main tactic used by traffickers to solicit buyers for commercial sex. In 2020, over 80% of the [Justice Department’s] sex trafficking prosecutions involved online advertising.”
41% of accused traffickers are aged 18 to 24 and 36% are between the ages of 25 to 34
Traffickers are rarely the "creepy old men" that people are so often warned about as children. Rather, they are younger and seemingly more personable. This is partially why so many fall into the trap, because the traffickers spend time building genuine relationships with their victims before exploiting them.
50 million people are enslaved in the world today
The most vulnerable are women/girls, LGBTQ+ youth, homeless youth, & marginalized youth