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In Ontario, most reported cases of human trafficking involve sexual exploitation, which may also be referred to as sex trafficking.

Child sex trafficking is child abuse. It is inhumane and illegal. Child sex trafficking is the act of luring, coercing, forcing, or manipulating a child under the age of 18 into sexual activity either through online or in-person contact with or without the apparent consent of the youth in exchange for basic needs, drugs and/or alcohol, or financial gain on the part of the perpetrator. Youth involved in child sex trafficking may be coerced or forced into trafficking themselves, trafficking others, or both.

According to Ontario’s anti-human trafficking strategy, the average age of recruitment into sex trafficking is 13 years old, and over 70% of human trafficking victims identified by police are under 25 years old.

Those at high risk of being trafficked include:
  • Children and youth involved with Children’s Aid Societies
  • Indigenous women and girls
  • 2SLGBTQIA+ persons
  • Homeless and marginalized youth
  • Persons living with disabilities
  • Persons facing barriers to accessing housing, supports, and basic needs

If you have concerns for a child related to trafficking, please call us at 519-371-4453 (local) or 1-855-322-4453 (toll-free). If you or someone you know is in immediate danger, call 911 or your local police service.

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Community Partners

In Bruce and Grey counties, we actively collaborate with community partners to raise awareness, identify risks, intervene early, and provide support and care for survivors. Collaborative initiatives with our community partners include:

  • Updated Sex Trafficking Protocol
  • Piloting of a Screening Tool to identify children and youth at risk of sex trafficking
If you need support or help, there are community services available. Reach out to any of the partner agencies listed.
Here are links with additional information:

Mailing Address: P.O. Box 760, Kincardine, ON N2Z 2Z4

Business Line: 519.396.9814 F: 519.396.7800

Support Line: 519.396.9655 or TF: 800.265.3026

Sexual Assault Support Line: 866.578.5566

Mailing Address:

2048 A 9th Avenue East
Owen Sound, ON N4K 3H2

Crisis Line:

T: 519.371.1600

TF: 800.265.3722

Text: 226.974.0755

Shelter Inquiries: info@thewomenscentre.org

General Inquiries: shelter@thewomenscentre.org

Website: www.thewomenscentre.org

T: 416.364.4144 or TF: 866.863.0511

Canadian Human Trafficking Hotline:

T: 833.900.1010

Chat: www.canadianhumantraffickinghotline.ca/

T: 519.372.1113

F: 519.372.2075

Website: www.whsbg.on.ca