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 years old Jessy Céré-Généreux.

The last time Jessy was seen, she was in Saint-Thomas. She could be in the Joliette area.
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The Missing Children's Network is pleased to inform you Shelsy Lavallière Dumesnil has been found and is doing well. Thank you to all those who shared her poster. ... See MoreSee Less

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At the request of the SPVQ and Gabriel Pineau’s family, the Missing Children’s Network is seeking your collaboration in the search for 19 year-old Gabriel.
The last time Gabriel was seen, he was in the parking lot of the Francheville soccer field, near Saint-Anne Boulevard, in Beauport, Québec. Last seen August 30th 2019.

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Mental health is everyone’s concern!

Today is World Mental Health Day and the Missing Children’s Network invites you to join us in raising awareness about this issue.
Many teenagers that run away suffer from mental health issues. Sadly, this subject is unfortunately still taboo.

We need to break the silence. Let’s take a stand and speak up!

As parents, always keep the door of communication open and let your teens know they are not alone. Resources are available and within reach .
As a friend, family member or loved one ... you are not alone either.

Together, let's support this cause!

Here you can find a useful tool to guide the parents:
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The Missing Children’s Network is a proud partner of the Policy on children : Being born, growing up and thriving in Montreal: From childhood to adolescence.

We are the proud recipients of a $43,000 grant from the City of Montreal that will be delivered over a two-year period!

These funds will allow us to empower more than 10,000 students on the Island of Montreal to stay safe online as well as in the real world.

Thank you to the City of Montreal Ville de Montréal for investing in our youth!

To learn more about this policy, please click on the following link: bit.ly/321yIhE

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