Sex trafficking involves mostly women, and girls. They are trafficked across international borders, or within our own borders for the purposes of sexual exploitation and forced sex work in exchange for goods or money. Men, boys as well as LGBTQ individuals can be victims as well, but this is often further hidden.
Mostly women and girls are lured into the sex trade through false promises, often by someone who poses as a boyfriend. They are coerced and threatened into sex work through various methods. Sometimes they are recruited from another country, but often they are found within our own Canadian boarders. Traffickers prey on those who are the most vulnerable and find them in places such as emergency shelters, group homes, schools and the internet. Drugs and alcohol are often introduced. These are often women and girls who are looking for some sense of belonging and love.