Canadian high school girls being lured into sex trade 'Anyone can be a victim': Canadian high school girls being lured into sex trade Most stories about human trafficking that make it into the headlines in Canada involve women from other countries being brought here and forced into sex work, but those who work with trafficking victims in this country say the majority are, in fact, Canadian-born girls, some as young as Jan 29, 5: January 29, More than 90 per cent of human trafficking victims in this country are Canadian-born girls.
Typically, they are recruited into sex work by young men with whom the girls form dependent relationships. Shutterstock Most stories about human trafficking that make it into the headlines in Canada involve women from other countries being brought here and forced into sex work, but those who work with trafficking victims in this country say the majority are, in fact, Canadian-born teenage girls. Vanessa, 18, is one of them. I was the one that was, I guess, vulnerable," said Vanessa, who is using a pseudonym to protect her identity.
He always kinda told me what to do, and I would do it. Her friend asked her to get in, and she did. It was kind of part of me wanting to do it and see if I could get something better, and then a bigger part was that I was already there and I can't really say no anymore. Most continue to live at home while carrying out sex work at local motels or condominiums.
According to police, human trafficking doesn't have to involve the crossing of a border. Any forced recruitment, confinement or transportation of a person for the purposes of exploitation falls under the Criminal Code definition of trafficking. Trafficking for sexual exploitation is just one form of the crime. Others include forced labour and domestic servitude. A Peel Regional Police poster targeting victims of sex trafficking. Peel Regional Police More than 90 per cent of the victims of sex trafficking within Canada come from Canada, according to government statistics , Vanessa's story is typical, says Jennifer Keeler, a nurse practitioner at Chantel's Place, a sexual assault support centre in Mississauga.
They're even targeting girls not usually considered high risk. They gave her a cellphone and told her to use it to negotiate with her first client as they watched. He didn't smell nice or anything," she said.
But now, I realized how stupid that was. The strip of Dundas Street East in Mississauga that houses the motels where Vanessa works with her pimp. Many underage trafficked girls work in this area. Seema Marwaha Unlike sex workers who have chosen the trade, trafficking victims rarely get to keep the money they bring in.
She was still living at home.