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Sexual exploitation is a form of human trafficking and sexual abuse, and it’s happening here in BC.
Between 2014 and 2020, Cybertip.ca processed over 4.3 million child sexual exploitation reports. 
Since many cases are never reported, the true number is likely much higher.
Between 2020 and 2021 Cybertip.ca reported 645 incidents of exploiters attempting to lure children and youth online. Of these incidents:
It’s not only girls who are at risk. Almost one third of sexually exploited youth are male or transgender.
Up to half of sexually exploited youth identify as Indigenous. (30 – 50%)
99% of teens have access to the internet outside of school. 
Nearly 25% of parents report seeing inappropriate behaviour aimed at their child through an online medium. Yet almost 50% of parents report having never spoken to their child about sextortion. 
Sexual exploitation also includes taking, sending, and keeping nude or sexualized images of children and youth. These types of images and videos are Child Sexual Abuse Material (CSAM). This often happens between youth, such as in peer-to-peer sexting. It can also happen through sexual solicitations from online exploiters.
In 2021, Statistics Canada crime data showed:
*compared to the previous 5-year average. 
The COVID-19 pandemic has greatly increased the average amount of time that youth are spending online.
Between April and September 2021, Cybertip.ca reported a 62% increase in online youth sextortion. Boys ages 15-17 made up the largest proportion of targeted youth.
Burnaby – New Westminster Task Force on Sexually Exploited and At-Risk Youth (2017)
It’s Not What You Think: Sexually Exploited Youth in BC (2008)
National Centre for Missing & Exploited Children (missingkids.com)
Every Image, Every Time (2009)
Cybertip.ca (2008; 2017)
Children of the Street is dedicated to preventing the sexual exploitation and human trafficking of children and youth in British Columbia. We achieve this goal through education strategies, public awareness initiatives, and family support. Children of the Street is a program of PLEA Community Services Society of BC.
We acknowledge that we work, live and play on the unseeded territories of the Kwiketlem, Tseil-Waututh, Sto:lo and Qayqayt peoples.