Facts about sexual exploitation

  • 12-14 is the average age that children reported their first experience of being exploited through the sex trade
  • A greater percentage of sexually exploited youth ages 12-18 were males (34% males and 27% females)
  • Vancouver has been identified as a destination for travelling sex offenders who predominately originate from the United States
  • Online exploitation of youth has exploded in recent years making the sexual exploitation of youth less visible on the street
  • Youth who identified as LGBTQ were more likely to sexually exploited than their heterosexual peers
  • Up to half of sexually exploited youth identified as Aboriginal

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