A joint project between Winnipeg police and community outreach workers has resulted in the arrest of four people accused of purchasing sex from underage victims.
Project Return was initiated on Thursday, aimed at protecting at-risk youth from being sexually exploited.
Four males, aged between 14 and 52, were arrested. Police also seized two vehicles, checked 55 locations known to be frequented by high-risk missing youth, and located and transferred five youth to a safe location.
Police also made contact with 16 individuals who were involved in identifying and assisting those in the street level sex trade.
One of the missing youths was arrested for failing to comply with conditions of an undertaking.