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They prey on young teens, promising them an exciting life in the city.
The people who exploit children are only thinking about the money they can make by trafficking them.
It's estimated traffickers can make up to $280,000 per year for every woman and girl they force into prostitution. The ugly reality is girls under 18 fetch more money than adults.
'Our communities have been crying out for more information, awareness, education and resources to eradicate the violence that has faced our women, children, families and communities' — AMC Grand Chief Derek Nepinak
In Western Canada, 80 per cent of the people trafficked are indigenous women and children.
On Friday, the Canadian Women's Foundation, in partnership with the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs (AMC) and the provincial government, announced a program to prevent luring and trafficking in 15 northern and remote First Nation communities.
The initiative, called Our Circle to Protect Sacred Lives, will educate young girls and teens in these communities on how to protect themselves against traffickers. A workshop involving representatives from each of the targeted communities will be held in the north. Experts will brief community leaders about the problem and provide them with guidelines to develop their own anti-trafficking strategies.
"This program clearly will have outcomes of preventing sexual exploitation and human trafficking. It will save lives," said Diane Redsky, project director with the Canadian Women's Foundation's task force on trafficking of women and girls in Canada.
The foundation has taken a lead in ending human trafficking of women and girls in Canada, investing $2 million on this initiative in the last few years.
It is underwriting the $100,000 cost of the Manitoba program, along with the province.
Redsky said the girls and women who are being bought and sold from inside Canada are most often society's most marginalized. They tend to come from indigenous or immigrant communities or are abuse survivors.
The program will involve schools in the remote and northern communities.
Young girls are vulnerable to luring through the Internet or when they are visiting the city, Redsky said. They may be told they can become models or think they will become the recruiter's girlfriend and lead an exciting life.
"These traffickers for the most part are pretty slick," said Redsky. "There is a sophistication to how the recruitment and luring happens."
The program is designed to educate girls about the warning signs and impress upon them the strengths and supports in their own community.
AMC Grand Chief Derek Nepinak said the issue needs to be addressed.
"Our communities have been crying out for more information, awareness, education and resources to eradicate the violence that has faced our women, children, families and communities.
"The cry has been heard, and it's time to bring this information to our First Nations communities," Nepinak said Friday.
He repeated his demand for a national public inquiry into slain and missing indigenous women, adding this initiative is not a substitute for it.
Larry Kusch didn’t know what he wanted to do with his life until he attended a high school newspaper editor’s workshop in Regina in the summer of 1969 and listened to a university student speak glowingly about the journalism program at Carleton University in Ottawa.