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As many as 60 teen prostitutes are working the streets of Regina, police believe. ((CBC))

Regina police are seeing an alarming increase in the number of teen prostitutes working in the sex trade.

At the beginning of the year, investigators believed 15 girls under the age of 18 were working on the streets, said Staff Sgt. Jerry Nelson.

Now, the number is 55 to 60, he said.

"This is a wake-up call for our community to say we need additional resources," he said. "If we had the resources in place right now we wouldn't have such a large volume of girls on the street."

More resources means more officers to deal with the situation, as well as safe houses for the young girls, he said.

The controversial Oyate House in Regina was supposed to help girls aged 12 to 15 who were working the streets, butit was recently closed.

In a scathing report, children's advocate Marvin Bernstein said Oyate House was poorly managed and didn't provide adequate services to the children in its care.

He blamed both management at the home and the provincial government department that was responsible for it.

The government said it's now looking at the 49 recommendations in Bernstein's report and is working to address the problems.