Prevention of Sexual Exploitation of Youth

Alarming Statistics: One Out of Three Runaways is a Victim of Exploitation.

Every year on average, there are over 5,000 cases of missing children reported to law enforcement in Quebec. Runaways account for nearly 90% of all these cases and involve youth between the ages of 12-17. The reasons why youth run away are complex, but are generally associated with them attempting to gain some control over their lives. While most runaways return home within a few days, a smaller number of youth may spend periods of time on the street, in shelters or other unfamiliar environments.

Youth become vulnerable as soon as they leave home – potentially falling victim to substance abuse, theft, crime, homelessness and sexual exploitation. Child sexual exploitation is the sexual abuse of minors and involves youth being manipulated into exchanging sexual favours for money, shelter, clothing, drugs, food, transportation, love or acceptance.

The sexual exploitation of teens can take many forms: prostitution, pornography, stripping, dancing topless, escort services and erotic massages. It is important to note that all forms of sexual exploitation are illegal under the Criminal Code of Canada and should be reported immediately.

Victims can be of any age, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, socio-economic background or religion. Exploiters target and prey on the vulnerability of young people and groom them by gaining their trust and promising a better and more glamorous life.

At the request of the family, the Missing Children’s Network is seeking your collaboration in the search for 16 year-old Audrey Brousseau, last seen back on March 14th in Montreal. ... See MoreSee Less

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At the request of the Montreal Police, the Missing Children`s Network is seeking your collaboration in the search for 15 year old Christie Tshingambu last seen February 20, 2019 in Montreal. ... See MoreSee Less

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It’s the St Patrick's Day Parade today!

Before going out to celebrate, don’t forget to update your children’s profile on the SIGN4L application.

To download SIGN4L:
Apple Store: apple.co/2s8jbg7
Google Play Store: bit.ly/2IMfJSq
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Three whole years have passed since Gilberto Cardinal-Fernandes vanished without a trace. He told his roommate that he was going for a walk and not to worry. Sadly he has not been seen since.

Let’s keep hope alive for Gilberto and his family.

Thank you for sharing Gilberto’s poster. One tip is all we need to resolve this case.
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