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Sex trafficking awareness course created by local sexual assault support centre is gaining traction

Many school boards across Ontario are showing interest in the curriculum
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The average age for entrance into trafficking is 12 to 14.

That's according to TK Pritchard, Public Education Manager with the Sexual Assault Support Centre of Waterloo Region. 

He said they created a curriculum for students in grades 7 and 8 as a way to educate and raise awareness about sex trafficking. 

"Really young people are effected by this issue and it's really important that we have education to use in a variety of settings about what trafficking is, what unhealthy behaviours look like on the part of someone that is trying to exploit someone and navigating online social media safely."

Prichard says it took about a year to create the curriculum and it was approved in June. There has already been a lot of interest expressed by school boards across Ontario. 

"I was a little surprised by how quickly people were interested in it. We know there is a lot of trafficking happening within Ontario, we know there is a need for more education, but we were definitely overwhelmed by how many folks are interested in the information and getting it out in front of youths."

So far the Trillium Lakeland's District School Board is implementing the curriculum into its schools, which are in the city of Kawartha Lakes, Haliburton County and the municipality of Muskoka. 
 




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