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Sexual Exploitation Facts

  • Sexual exploitation is the most common form of human trafficking in the world, with 90% of grooming situations occurring online.

  • Every year, between 100,000 and 300,000 children and youths in North America are sexually exploited. 1/3 of these offences are committed by another youth

  • The average age of sexual exploitation in Canada is 12-14 years old.

  • Pimps – who buy and sell people for sex, groom children under 18, or force people into prostitution – average between 13-34 years old.

  • Child sexual abuse images have increased by 233% in the last ten years.

  • The Internet Watch Foundation found that Canada is 3rd in the world for hosting internet-based child pornography.

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