Child Sexual Exploitation - Alberta Human Services - Government of Alberta

Child Sexual Exploitation

Sexual exploitation can occur anywhere and to anyone’s child – regardless of social, cultural or economic background.

Child and youth sexual exploitation includes the luring of a young person via the Internet for sexual purposes, the prostitution of someone under the age of 18, and distributing, selling or making child pornography.

On this site you will find information and tips for youth, parents or guardians and others about warning signs, support services available, and Alberta’s Protection of Sexually Exploited Children Act (PSECA).

Facts you should know

  • Child sexual exploitation is sexual abuse and is a crime.
  • Exploiters tend to seek out their victims through online luring or a boyfriend/girlfriend.
  • In 2015-2016, the average age of a child involved with PSECA was 16.2 years old. Most people don’t realize that many of the children and youth involved with PSECA are under the age of 18. The youngest child during this period was 12 years old.
  • In 2015-16, 4% of the youth helped were male. Male and transgender rates are often highly underreported.
  • Over 75% of people working in the Canadian sex trade, began working as a child - “Strolling Away” by Dr. Susan McIntyre, PhD

Need help?

If you suspect a child may be at risk of sexual exploitation, contact your local police department or call the Child Abuse hotline, 1‑800‑387‑KIDS (5437).

For more information about the support services available, please contact your Child and Family Services Authority.

Modified: 2018-05-02
PID: 14840