End sex trafficking

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sex trafficking of girls and women is a serious issue around the world and right here in Canada

  • Trafficking of girls and women is illegal, a human rights violation and an extreme form of violence against women. Need infographic
  • Girls and women are being trafficked into forced prostitution inside Canada, to Canada and across Canadian borders.
  • Girls and women who are bought and sold from inside Canada are most often marginalized young girls and women (Aboriginal, racialized, immigrant and abuse survivors).
  • The anonymity of Internet helps fuel trafficking by creating conditions that enable luring and trafficking of girls and women for the purposes of forced prostitution.
  • Traffickers in Canada can receive an annual financial gain of $280,000 for each girl or woman they have trafficked and forced into prostitution.1
  • Traffickers receive a higher financial gain for girls under the age of 18, making vulnerable young girls particularly at risk of being forced into prostitution by traffickers.2
  • Through reports and our consultations with 260 Canadian organizations and 160 survivors of sex trafficking, we have learned that many girls in Canada are first trafficked into forced prostitution when they are 13-years-old.3
  • Sex trafficking may be referred to as “modern day slavery.”



  • Since 1991 the Canadian Women’s Foundation has raised funds and invested in over 1,300 community programs to help move women and girls out of poverty, out of violence and into confidence. 
  • The solutions to end sex trafficking of girls and women are intrinsically linked to all of our key priorities:
    • Helping women transition out of poverty
    • Ending violence against women- with a focus on prevention, anti-violence work including domestic violence, sexual assault, dating violence and healthy relationships, rebuilding lives after violence
    • Building strong, resilient girls –empowerment and leadership, media literacy, and critical thinking
    • Public education and advocacy
  • The Canadian Women’s Foundation is investing nearly $1 million to fund grassroots organizations across Canada that prevent trafficking and help girls and women escape sex trafficking and rebuild their lives.
  • The Canadian Women’s Foundation is particularly focused on addressing the needs of vulnerable young girls who have been lured, groomed, coerced and forced into prostitution.
  • In addition to our work with trafficked girls and women we also support programs for women who are in prostitution by circumstance resulting from poverty, addictions, family breakdown and mental health.

The Canadian Women’s Foundation is taking leadership to stop sex trafficking with the launch of the Task Force on Trafficking of Women and Girls in Canada.

  • The Canadian Women’s Foundation is investing nearly $2 million over three years to provide funding to organizations, conduct research and bring together experts on the Task Force on Trafficking of Women and Girls in Canada.
  • The Canadian Women’s Foundation travelled across Canada in 2012 and 2013 to conduct in-depth consultations in eight cities with over 260 organizations, 160 young women/survivors of sex trafficking, and all levels of government.
  • The Task Force on Trafficking of Women and Girls in Canada is convening a National Round Table of experts from across the country who are working with girls and women who have been trafficked (front line community organizations, legal, medical and policing). The Task Force is also convening a National Round Table of women who are survivors of sex trafficking in Canada.
  • The Task Force on Trafficking of Women and Girls in Canada is developing a National Anti-Trafficking Strategy that addresses issues and solutions in six priority areas:
    • Service needs and gaps for trafficked and sexually exploited girls and women
    • Public awareness and prevention strategies
    • Relevant legal and policy issues
    • Sector capacity building and training
    • Government policy and funding
    • Philanthropic strategies                                                  
  • The Canadian Women’s Foundation conducted National Angus Reid public opinion polls that have uncovered  the following:
    • 78% of Canadians agree that girls under the age of 16 are not in prostitution by choice4
    • 67% of Canadians agree that Canadian girls under the age of 16 are being recruited/trafficked to work in prostitution against their will4
    • 70% of Canadians agree that women are brought into Canada from other countries and forced to work in prostitution against their will4



1 http://www.cisc.gc.ca/products_services/domestic_trafficking_persons/persons_e.html- Organized Crime and Domestic Trafficking in Persons in Canada. Organized Intelligence Service Canada.

2 Source: Canadian Women’s Foundation national consultations held in 2012 and 2013 in 8 Canadian Cities, with 160 survivors of human trafficking.

3 Source: http://www.gov.mb.ca/fs/childfam/pubs/tracias_trust_en.pdf - page 3

3 Source: http://www.gov.mb.ca/fs/traciastrust/pubs/sacred_lives.pdf - page 15

3 Source: http://www.mcf.gov.bc.ca/youth/pdf/sex_exploit.pdf - page 15

4 Source: Angus Reid Omnibus Study, Canadian Women’s Foundation, September 2013.

5 Source: Invisible Chains – Canada’s Underground World of Human Trafficking – Benjamin Perrin – page 67

6 Source: http://www.unodc.org/unodc/en/treaties/CTOC/index.htmlProtocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons Especially Women and Children, supplementing the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime. Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights.