While the international community prepares to meet in Brazil to tackle the burgeoning global problem of child and youth sexual exploitation this month, the Canadian Red Cross is urging northern residents to open their eyes to the abuse and exploitation of young people in our communities.
“Providing any form of payment in exchange for any sexual activity with someone under age 18 is not prostitution, it’s child sexual abuse and it is illegal,” says April Fox, RespectED: violence and abuse prevention co-ordinator. “Children and youth should never be for sale. No child, in this country or anywhere else in the world, should have to pay for shelter, food or transportation with sex, or be forced to engage in sexual activity against their will whether through physical force or through manipulation.”
Community members are invited to a public presentation to be held on October 29 from 7-8:30 p.m. at YAP Friends.
The presentation will be delivered in partnership with YASEY (Youth Against the Sexual Exploitation of Youth) and CASEY (Communities Against the Sexual Exploitation of Youth). Information on child abuse with a focus on sexual exploitation will be provided.