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Presentation on theme: "Any type of sexual activity with children and youth in exchange for money, drugs, food, shelter, or any other considerations. This is the case whether."— Presentation transcript:

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3 Any type of sexual activity with children and youth in exchange for money, drugs, food, shelter, or any other considerations. This is the case whether or not children or youth consider themselves to be consenting

4 It is sexual exploitation when children and youth: Are sexually abused by adults Provide sex for a place to sleep, a meal, or a ride Trade sexual activities for money, drugs, alcohol, gifts, services, or other items Are sexually trafficked Are seduced or manipulated to take sexual pictures/videos of themselves (i.e., child pornography) that can be sent over the Internet

5 some youth feel that they are not being exploited, and that they have chosen to trade sexual acts for resources However, sexual exploitation is not employment or a chosen occupation; it is a form of sexual abuse

6 In Canada, it is a crime for an adult to engage in sexual activity with a person under the age of 16, whether or not the youth is willing to participate

7 According to the criminal code, every person who distributes, sells, advertises, imports, exports and makes available any child pornography is guilty of distributing child pornography This includes teens under the age of 18 sending sexual, nude, or semi- nude photos of themselves through text messaging programs, also known as “sexting”

8 the average age when youth are first exploited is 13 to 15 years old Lesbian, gay, and bisexual youth are a higher risk of being sexually exploited than other youth Increased risk if youth have been kicked- out or have run away from their homes 1 in 4 exploited youth admit to being sexually abused by a relative or caregiver A third to over a half of all sexually exploited youth are aboriginal

9 Sexual, physical or emotional abuse, or neglect Alcohol or drug abuse or exposure to parental substance abuse Poverty or unemployment Low self-esteem and insecurity Mental health, learning or cognitive abilities Running away or being kicked out of homes Sexual orientation

10 Perpetrators use power, coercion, manipulation, intimidation, seduction, and enticement to get children and youth to participate in sexual acts Offenders can include: the victim's parents/guardians extended family circle of friends

11 Recruiters who lure children and youth into the sex trade are often close to the same age as their potential recruits Female recruiters are often owned by pimps Youth can exploit their friends by circulating nude photos of them on the Internet Perpetrators can lure children and youth using the Internet, acting alone or as part of a group

12 The first form is one where the youth is in a relationship of trust, authority, or dependency Can take the form of a sexual relationship with a teacher, coach, police officer, or guardian

13 Youth can also be exploited by an adult friend who may not be in a position of trust or authority, but who are from the youth’s own community Youth can also be exploited by pedophiles

14 Young people can be recruited into the sex trade anywhere they hang out, including recreation centres, malls and at school Youth can be manipulated into providing sex on the street, in hotels, massage parlors, cars, or through escort services Import youtube videos of youth who have been sexually exploited via the sex trade

15 Especially in non-urban areas, sexual exploitation can be hidden Can take place in private homes, schools, malls, video arcades or other areas where youth congregate In 2010, a Chilliwack man was charged with running a prostitution ring with under aged girls, as young as 14, by placing an add on Craigslist for erotic services One of the 14 girls was arrested for allegedly recruiting other girls into the sex trade

16 Pimps often groom female youth for sexual exploitation Posing as a boyfriend, the pimp gains trust with promises, bribes and other forms of manipulation Less common, pimps will use overt violence, including kidnapping, to force youths into the sex trade Female recruiters act like new best friends Recruiter gains the youth’s trust and then introduces the youth to the sex trade The pimp then takes control Male youth tend to operate independently Begin by trading sexual acts for necessities and progress to exchanging sex for money

17 Youth can trade sexual acts for drugs or alcohol at parties, or for a ride, or shelter, food or other necessities These hidden forms of sexual exploitation often go unidentified and can be seen as “normal” by both the victim and the offender

18 Youth can make and distribute sexual images of themselves, their peers, or their sexual partners that are then distributed online Youth can be encouraged to post explicit photos or video of themselves by adults who use the images for sexual purposes or to further manipulate youth Snapchat is a danger for youth because people can screen shot the photo and then send it to their peers

19 Youth can be lured by people that they meet online Snapchat Instagram Ask FM Facebook Youth can use online strategies (e.g. Craiglist) to seek out adults willing to provide them with shelter food, or money in exchange for sex acts

20 Children and youth can be kept captive and exploited by human traffickers In Canada, it is a crime to recruit, transport, transfer, receive, hold, or a hide a person for the purpose of exploiting them or helping to exploit them Main feature of human trafficking is that young people are exploited

21 Common activities for many highly organized crime groups Youth are forced or deceived into performing acts that exploit them Female youth associated with gang members can be forced into the sex trade or sued as sexual objects by multiple gang members Youth who have been sexually exploited can be used to recruit other youth into sexual exploitation or trafficking


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