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 Service de Police de la ville de Laval, the Missing Children’s Network is requesting your collaboration in the search for Jennifer Allard-Gould, 16 years old from Laval last seen June 2nd, 2020.

Information leads us to believe that Jennifer may be in the Montreal area.
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Hot Off the Press! A New Resource Booklet for Parents of Pre-Teens!

Preadolescence is a crucial stage in the life of a child. From childhood to adolescence, children will go through many changes. As a parent, you want to support your child through these changes, guide them in their choices and ensure their safety.

SHINE Brighter: For You and Your Child is designed to help parents and their children navigate through this new stage! It will help parents gain a better understanding of this new phase of life and provide useful advice and activities that they can do with their pre-teen.

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Happy reading!
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With our workshops suspended for the remainder of the school year, the Missing Children’s Network is pleased to offer a variety of activities for pre-teens, inspired by our SHINE program. It is important that we continue to raise awareness and prevent the abuse and sexual exploitation of our youth. These activities can be conducted either in a classroom setting or at home with your family. Feel free to add your personal touch!

Today’s post is all about self-esteem: a key element in the construction of identity for youth, allowing them to resist to peer pressure and bad influences. We propose the following two activities: The Hope Box and I am a Star!

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us. It will be our pleasure to assist you.
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Thanks to TCEnergy’s generous and continued support, we can continue to educate and empower youth with the tools and knowledge necessary to recognize and avoid potentially dangerous situations.Grâce au soutien généreux et continu dTCEnergy, nous pouvons poursuivre notre mission d’éduquer et d’habiliter les jeunes avec les compétences et connaissances nécessaires pour reconnaître et se protéger contre des situations potentiellement dangereuses. ... See MoreSee Less

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The present pandemic has taught us all about the importance of social distancing and the 2 meter rule. When speaking with your children about social distancing, we suggest you also help them understand that they do not have to engage in conversations with adults that approach them. Adults should ask adults for help – NOT children! A fun way to reinforce this concept is to instruct them to keep at least three giant steps between themselves and someone they don’t know or who makes them feel uncomfortable.La pandémie actuelle nous a appris combien il est important de respecter la distanciation sociale et la règle de deux mètres. Lorsqu’on parle de distanciation sociale avec les enfants, nous vous encourageons également à leur faire comprendre qu’ils ne sont pas obligés de parler avec des adultes qui les approchent. Un adulte devrait toujours demander de l’aide à un autre adulte; pas à un enfant! Une manière amusante d’intégrer cette notion est de leur apprendre à garder trois pas de géant entre eux et une personne qu’ils ne connaissent pas ou qui les rend inconfortables. ... See MoreSee Less

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