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.

C’est avec joie que le Réseau Enfants-Retour vous annonce que Nicholas Carroll, 17 ans, a été retrouvé. Merci d'avoir partagé sa photo.

The Missing Children's Network is pleased to inform you that 17-year-old Nicholas Carroll has been found. Thank you to all of those who shared his picture.
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In a few days, hundreds of thousands of Quebecers will begin their annual summer holidays. Whether you are vacationing abroad or staying in town, make sure to reinforce basic safety rules with your children and teens. ... See MoreSee Less

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Ms. Mavraganis and her three children were located safe and sound. On behalf of the Missing Children’s Network, we would like to thank you for your invaluable collaboration. ... See MoreSee Less

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Are you planning to travel alone with your child?

Make sure you have a letter of consent signed by the other parent. This letter authorizes you to travel abroad with your child and may also be requested upon entry in certain countries.

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