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From CBC News–Sex trafficking is a growing crisis in cities and towns across the country, and a new national awareness campaign, headed up by a former Manitoba politician, aims to prevent youth from being lured into it.

Launched Wednesday to coincide with National Human Trafficking Awareness Day, the campaign by the Joy Smith Foundation is called “See the Trafficking Signs.”

Smith, a former Manitoba MLA and federal Conservative MP, says it is designed to educate people on common signs someone may be at risk of being groomed and lured into sex trafficking — and to recognize that sex trafficking is widespread, occurring in communities both large and small.

“It takes a nation to stop human trafficking,” she said at a news conference with the Winnipeg Police Service and Manitoba RCMP. “We need to join forces with our police agencies, our survivors and our communities to bring awareness to this horrific crime. You could save a child. It could be your own.”

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