Dozens of people marched from the Mount Carmel clinic on Main Street to the Manitoba Legislature with the hope of catching some attention during the election.

Since 2007 the Sexually Exploited Youth Community Coalition has been calling for a safe and accessible space for sexually exploited adult women.

The coalition marched to the Legislature today targeting politicians to commit to the safe drop-in centre.

Alaya McIvor with the Coalition had a direct message for the leaders of the parties.

"Start putting their money where their mouth is. We are asking for $1.7 million for this initiative and we are wanting it- we are wanting it, we're going to demand it," she said.

McIvor said one of the reasons it's taking so long is people just don't understand how common sexual assault is on women.

Coaliton calls for safe place for sexually exploited women

Alaya McIvor (centre) of the Sexually Exploited Youth Community Coalition (Sean Kavanagh CBC News)

"It's the denial stage. People are in denial about exploitation and human trafficking people in this city, but it's very rampant and very visible," she told CBC News.

When asked about support for the drop-in centre, Liberal leader Rana Bokhari took note of headlines from Toronto today, where former CBC host Jian Ghomeshi was found not guilty of all charges of sexual assault and choking.

"You just saw the Jian Ghomeshi trial come out today - people are struggling and these things happen everyday," Bokhari said.

The Liberal leader told reporters she supports the idea, but has to know more about what it would cost.

"I think in principal it's a requirement. I can't really say what that would look like, frankly I haven't thought about what the dollar amount would look like, but I do think it's necessary," Bokhari said.

Progressive Conservative leader Brian Pallister also wanted more information.

March on Legislature demands drop-in centre

Dozens marched on Legislature calling for safe space for sexually exploited women (Sean Kavanagh CBC News)

"I'm not familiar enough with the proposal to know what our position would be on it. I would be very open to hearing and learning more about it," Pallister said.

NDP leader Greg Selinger's party has been in office since well before the coalition started calling for the drop-in centre. Today he said he was open to the idea.

"24-7 idea has been a good idea that I think we've discussed many times and we do think there is a practical way to move forward on that," Selinger said.

Selinger said his government has supported initiatives to protect women from sexual exploitation through funding for Tracia's Trust.

The $2.4-million sexual exploitation strategy was established in 2008.  Tracia Owen was a Winnipeg teen who committed suicide after a struggle with drugs and the sex trade.