Help for Youth - Alberta Human Services - Government of Alberta

Help for Youth

Trading sex for things or money is sexual exploitation. Sometimes it can also be human trafficking.

Anyone who trades or buys sex from you is committing a crime.

Myths about Sexual Exploitation

  • Myth: You will get into trouble.

    Truth: If you are being sexually exploited you have done nothing wrong. You will not get into trouble. You are the victim of a crime and there are people who want to help you.

  • Myth: You have no other options.

    Truth: Trading sex might seem like the only way to survive. But there is help. In Alberta, Children’s Services and community agencies help sexually exploited children and youth through the Protection for Sexually Exploited Children’s Act (PSECA).

  • Myth: You are helping a friend or your family.

    Truth: Being encouraged to have sex with strangers is sexual exploitation. You may think that you are helping someone out, but you are being used.

How can you get help?

If you, or someone you know, is being sexually exploited, call the Child Abuse Hotline at 1-800-387-KIDS (5437) or call your local police department.

No one is going to judge you. Support services include a safe place to stay and get healthy, and people who will listen and not judge while they help you get back to a safe life.

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

Modified: 2018-06-19
PID: 15417