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.

Yesterday we had the privilege of welcoming Ms. Hamida Khirat to our offices. Ms. Khirat is the Secretary General from the NGO “Réseau algérien pour la défense des droits de l'enfant”.

Thank you again for your visit.Hier, nous avons eu le privilège d’accueillir à nos bureau Madame Hamida Khirat. Madame Khirat est la secrétaire générale du Réseau algérien pour la défense des droits de l’enfant.

Merci encore pour cette belle visite!
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CONTEST TIME!!!!!!

In 2017, the Missing Children’s Network launched an innovative program for preteens. SHINE is a bilingual, provincial program that aims to prevent sexual exploitation and is addressed to youth aged 10 to 13.

Kim Gingras and Drea Wheeler want to come to your school!!!!! To register, please comment below and let us know why your school should be among the chosen few to welcome Kim, Drea and our intervention workers to host a very special SHINE workshop. Our Ambassadors want more than anything to come to meet you and to promote this program.

REGISTER YOUR SCHOOL TODAY! THE DEADLINE IS SEPTEMBER 23!!!!

DON’T WAIT – ONLY 3 SCHOOLS WILL BE CHOSEN FOR DREA AND KIM TO VISIT!

RESTRICTIONS:
Deadline: September 23, 2019
Only the schools that have written a comment will be considered
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