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They’re kids’: Expert on human trafficking speaks about victims, prevention in Thunder Bay – CBC

Average age of entry into the sex trade in Canada is 12 to 14 years old, says former MP Joy Smith

Nov 18, 2019

A Canadian expert on human trafficking wants people in Thunder Bay, and across northwestern Ontario, to understand that any child anywhere could be lured into the sex trade at any time.

The average age of entry into the sex trade in Canada is between 12 and 14 years old, said Joy Smith, who served as a Conservative Member of Parliament for the Winnipeg riding of Kildonan–St. Paul from 2004 to 2015 and established the Joy Smith Foundation (JSF) to combat human trafficking in 2011.

“All 12 to 14-year-olds are vulnerable because they’re kids. They haven’t lived life and they believe people who are friendly to them and trying to be their friends and the traffickers are very skilled … they’re trying to get the victim to work for them, and separate them from all their support systems,” such as family, friends, and favourite activities, she said.

Read More: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/thunder-bay/human-trafficking-thunder-bay-joy-smith-1.5363904

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