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Sex Industry Slavery

Protecting Canada's Youth

by (author) Robert Chrismas

University of Toronto Press
Initial publish date
Nov 2020
General, General, Criminology
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Sexual exploitation and human sex trafficking is a multi-billion-dollar international industry that preys on youth. Written by veteran police officer Robert Chrismas, Sex Industry Slavery is an impactful read for anyone who wants to know more about this serious Canadian problem.


Many young women are coerced into oppressive relationships in the sex industry, often starting in childhood. There are numerous barriers and challenges for children who are vulnerable to exploitation as well as for survivors striving to leave the sex industry; however, there are also many opportunities to help them. Based on Chrismas’s award-winning research in Manitoba, this book includes gut-wrenching stories from survivors, social workers, police officers, lawmakers, and activists. Representing decades of collective knowledge, Sex Industry Slavery presents first-hand perspectives on the problem and proposes practical solutions.

About the author

Robert Chrismas has served over 40 years in various Canadian justice, law enforcement and peacekeeping roles. Currently in his 31st year of policing, he has written prolifically on a broad range of justice-related topics.

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Editorial Reviews

"Dr. Robert Chrismas is to be commended for his ability to take a difficult topic and introduce the reader, who may have little prior knowledge, to the realities of the issue. In sharing the details of survivors’ stories, he helps cultivate empathy, reminding us that these are real people."

<i>Journal of Community Safety & Well-Being</i>

"Chrismas’ book represents a noteworthy contribution to the growing body of literature on human trafficking. The book complements the existing and more limited body of related literature on sexual exploitation and human trafficking within Canada. Perhaps, most importantly, the author offers a bevy of recommendations for policy reform and future research that should serve to inspire and guide our efforts to combat the enigma of human trafficking."

<em>The Journal of the Institute of Public Administration of Canada</em>

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