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The report reinforces what we know from our front line work about the high number of girls trapped in prostitution and the close connection between prostitution and trafficking. We welcome the improved response of the criminal justice system in holding buyers and pimps accountable and we are calling on our own province, British Columbia, to follow the example of other provinces and do the same.

June 22, 2021

30% of Canadian women experienced sexual harassment in the workplace in the past 12 months.

December 2019

Although Aboriginal women are only 4% of the population of women in Canada, they make up 42% of the population of women in prisons.


Younger girls were most often victimized by a family member, older girls by a casual acquaintance and young women by a non-spousal intimate partner (a man they were dating).

December 2018

19% of employed women in Canada have experienced harassment in their workplace in the past year.

December 2018

A study done in 9 countries (including Canada) interviewed 854 people who were currently or recently in prostitution at the time, found that 71% were physically assaulted in prostitution, 63% were raped in prostitution, 89% wanted to escape prostitution but did not have other options for survival.


Less than half (43%) of sexual assault incidents reported to police resulted in a charge being laid; of these, half (49%) proceeded to court; of which just over half (55%) led to a conviction; of which just over half (56%) were sentenced to custody in a correctional centre.


Half of the women entered prostitution before the age of 19. Many of them were first sexually exploited when they were younger than 14.


A summary of Routes of Recruitment: Pimps' Techniques and Other Circumstances That Lead to Street Prostitution


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