REACH Edmonton

Sexual exploitation, sex trafficking and its related factors remain an ongoing, complex social issue within Edmonton.

We continue to hear about the national tragedy of missing and murdered Indigenous women, the need to create a consent culture that promotes healthy and safe relationships, and the continued push to provide safe spaces for youth and adults to talk about sexual and gender identities.

Join the Sexual Exploitation Working Group (SEWG) as we recognize this important issue during Edmonton’s Sexual Exploitation Week of Awareness, April 20-24.

“The goal of this week is to raise awareness and educate the public about the causes and impacts of sexual exploitation and sex trafficking,” said Kathleen Quinn, chair of the working group.

This year, the SEWG partnered with a youth program to develop a short documentary on youth perspectives of sexual exploitation and sex trafficking. The video will be launched at our proclamation ceremony, April 20.

The video will be followed by a campaign (designed by youth) inviting Edmontonians to listen and learn from what these youth are experiencing. By doing so, we can all take action and help shape a future without sexual exploitation.

The Sexual Exploitation Working Group is a collaborative of community partners, law enforcement, municipal and provincial government, and REACH Edmonton. The group is concerned for those who are vulnerable to sexual exploitation and sex trafficking due to age, financial desperation, migration, homelessness, prior childhood abuse or neglect, mental or physical health conditions, intergenerational trauma or any other circumstance that contributes to vulnerability.

Edmonton’s Sexual Exploitation Week of Awareness Activities:

Opening Ceremonies
April 20, 12 p.m. (Noon) – 1 p.m. at CBC Stage, City Centre Mall

Join dignitaries, community leaders and Edmontonians as they come together to inform, empower and inspire our community to stop sexual exploitation and sex trafficking.

Finding Dawn
April 21, all day, online film screening

This film illustrates the deep historical, social and economic factors that contribute to the epidemic of violence against Native women in Canada. Join in the online discussion using #yegtalkSEXploit.

Shaping the Future Together – Youth Film & Panel Discussion
April 22, 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. at City Room, City Hall

This free, public event will be hosted and moderated by Councillor Scott McKeen. The evening will include a video showcase and hard talk panel discussion on youth perspectives and services for sexual exploitation and sex trafficking. 

Buying Sex
April 23, all day, online film screening

This film explores the state of prostitution laws in Canada. It challenges us to think for ourselves and offers a gripping and invaluable account of just what is at stake for all of us. Join in the online discussion using #yegtalkSEXploit.