The Sexual Exploitation Working Group (SEWG) is an Edmonton-based leadership group collaborating to create awareness of sexual exploitation and its causes and impacts.
The SEWG is a collaborative of community partners, law enforcement, municipal and provincial government, and REACH Edmonton, which work to:
- Facilitate information sharing regarding prostitution and sexual exploitation & sex trafficking concerns; be a conduit for public education
- Raise awareness of contributing factors and support community and political responses
- Identify and work with new partners and community stakeholders as needed
The working group follows the United Nation’s definition of sexual exploitation:
“Any actual or attempted abuse of a position of vulnerability, differential power, or trust, for sexual purposes, including, but not limited to, profiting monetarily, socially or politically from the sexual exploitation of another.”
The SEWG is concerned for those who are vulnerable to sexual exploitation (including sex trafficking) due to age, financial desperation, migration, homelessness, prior childhood abuse or neglect, mental or physical health conditions, intergenerational trauma, addictions or any other circumstance that contributes to vulnerability.