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 Sûreté du Québec, the Missing Children’s Network is seeking your collaboration in the search for 17 year-old Vanessa Colmor, last seen back on April 13th in Val-d’Or. ... See MoreSee Less

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At the request of the SPVQ, the Missing Children’s Network is seeking your collaboration in the search for 14 year-old Cloé Lafrance, last seen back on April 7th in Quebec City. ... See MoreSee Less

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REMINDER: The ScotiaBank Challenge – We are Almost There!

Our In Motion for the Missing team is ready to take on the challenge of running 5 or 10 km on April 27th! This year, we are proud to welcome Carole Boisvert, the sister of Danielle Boisvert, missing from Montreal-North since 1976, who will be running 10km in honour of her sister.

We have almost reached our goal of $5,000! Please support our team by making a donation on our team page: bit.ly/2Ro4DTp

On behalf of all the children who are counting on us, we want to say THANK YOU!
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In honor of Missing Chidren’s Month and International Missing Children’s Day, we are proud to share details of our 3rd annual Tiny Tots Walk for Hope.

This year, May 25th lands on a Saturday, and most daycares are closed. With this in mind, we are asking our partner child care centers to pick the day, that works for them and walk 25 minutes in honor of missing children. Last year, 59 child care centers throughout the province joined their voice to ours and raised more than $19,000 for our mission! Our goal this year is $25,000!

If your child care center is interested or if you know a child care center who would be interested in participating in the 2019 Tiny Tots Walk for Hope, please click here for more information or to register: bit.ly/2Zc1B9Q or contact Valerie Cousineau at valeriec@reseauenfantsretour.ong or call her at 514 843-4968 ext. 230.
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13 years ago today, Francis-Albert Cloutier disappeared without leaving a trace.

The next morning, his car was located on an ATV trail in St-Amable. Since that day, no one has either seen or heard from Francis. His family will not stop searching until they finally have the answers, they have been longing for.

Today, let’s keep hope alive for Francis and his family.
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