A two-day blitz by Winnipeg police last weekend found five missing youths and also resulted in the arrest of 12 men.
Police say Project Return targeted 57 known locations to be frequented by high-risk missing youth.
Police and partner agencies made 78 Crime Prevention through Social Development (CPTSD) contacts to identify and assist those involved in sexual exploitation.
Those who were arrested range in age from 19 to 52 and were charged with obtaining sexual services for consideration.
Twelve vehicles were also seized under the Highway Traffic Act.
In 2018, Winnipeg police received 7,361 missing person reports. About 600 reports of missing persons are received monthly.
As of September 20, there were 38 youths outstanding as reported missing.