Winnipeg's police chief says members of the public are interested in finding ways to stop sex trafficking.

Police Chief Devon Clunis took part in a community forum that discussed the issue Tuesday evening at the University of Winnipeg.

"It was the community [that] engaged us in this forum, so it's awesome to see that the community's engaged and wanted to partner with us in helping to resolve this issue," he said after the forum.

"This is something that's on the pulse of the entire community now, and they're also very much engaged in doing the prevention, the proactive piece of it."

Clunis said it's a priority to help get women off the streets.

Tuesday's meeting took place as Canada's prostitution laws are in the process of being rewritten.

The Supreme Court of Canada struck down three anti-prostitution laws in December and gave the federal government one year to draft new legislation.