Empowering At-Risk and Sexually Exploited Women in BC

Human trafficking is a global problem, and our province isn’t immune to it. British Columbia has been identified as both a transit and a destination point for human trafficking and sexual exploitation.

To counter this alarming reality, our 3-year project will deliver prevention and intervention programs to enhance supports for at-risk women and girls and survivors of human trafficking in British Columbia. We seek to change women’s perceptions regarding actions that put them at risk of being trafficked.

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July 2021 - March 2024

Our objectives:

  1. To provide prevention education to women in British Columbia to empower them to make more informed decisions regarding their relationships and personal safety, and to identify warning signs of sexual exploitation. As Indigenous women face an increased risk of sexual exploitation, and other compounding sources of oppression, our programs will specifically cater to their unique needs and situations.
  2. To develop and deliver inclusive education and programming that recognizes the intersectionality and complexity of human trafficking, reaching British Columbian women where they are and supporting them to escape sexual exploitation.
  • JES is developing promising prevention and intervention practices that will advance knowledge and enhance empowerment supports for at-risk populations and survivors of human trafficking in British Columbia
  • JES will implement street-informed solutions that meet women, especially Indigenous women, where they are at—empowering them to participate more fully and effectively in the decisions that affect their lives
Empowering At-Risk and Sexually Exploited Women in BC