Winnipeg – Project Return Showing Results

Winnipeg News Report

Winnipeg Police

WINNIPEG – Efforts to end human trafficking and get youth back into a safe place in Winnipeg continue. The Winnipeg Police Service has been conducting Project Return.

The Winnipeg Police Service’s Counter Exploitation/ Missing Person’s Unit, and General Patrol Members from Central Division 11, in partnership with Outreach Workers from the Community in Winnipeg (StreetReach, Winnipeg Outreach Network (WON), Resources Assistance for Youth (RAY), Ma Ma Wi Chi Itata, and the Bear Clan Patrol Inc.) initiated a Joint Project from Friday, April 26, 2019 to Sunday April 28, with the aim of protecting youth within our city who are at a high risk of being sexually exploited.

The result of this Project Return are:
• 21 reported missing, at-risk youths were located. Each was transported to a place of safety.
• 17 locations, known to be frequented by high risk missing youths, were checked.
• 7 males arrested between the ages of 18-55 for Obtaining Sexual Services for Consideration.
• 2 additional arrests including an outstanding Warrant for Arrest.
• 7 Vehicles seized under the Highway Traffic Act for Prostitution offences.
• 3 Deter and Identify Sex-Trade Consumers (D.I.S.C.) Stops were conducted.
• 108 Crime Prevention through Social Development (CPTSD) contacts were made to identify and assist those involved in sexual exploitation.

These contacts included issuing 45 harm reduction kits and providing 20 safe rides.

Our commitment to issues surrounding our missing youth and those at risk of sexual exploitation in the community will continue.