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Sexual exploitation is sometimes called "youth prostitution". Sexual exploitation includes the trading of sexual acts for money, drugs, shelter or other things that youth want and need to survive. Sexual exploitation includes the involvement of youth or children under the age of 18 in the sex trade and related activities. Sexual exploitation is abuse and it violates the power and rights of children and youth. If you are being sexually exploited or know someone who is, there are lots of resources out there to help you.

  • You can phone VictimLINK, a 24 hour help line for victims of all kinds of crime, including family violence and sexual violence.   Call Toll Free 1-800-563-0808.  They will connect you to resources in your community, including safe housing, counseling, victim support and other services.
  • If you are in the lower mainland, call PACE (Prostitution Alternatives Counselling and Education) in Vancouver toll free at 1-866-872-8751

This toolkit is divided in to sections with information for people who want to take action against sexual exploitation of children and youth.  The following sections may be of interest to you: (include links to sections)

  • What is sexual exploitation?: Basic information about what sexual exploitation is, including links to legal information and organizations that offer information about the nature of sexual exploitation in BC.
  • Prevention: Information about programs that are trying to prevent sexual exploitation of children and youth.
  • Continuum of Services: A list of services across BC for sexually exploited youth.
  • Communities Taking Action: This section offers information about how youth and others can build a network of people in their community to take action against sexual exploitation.
  • Research and Publications: This is a section with information about research that has been done on the issue of sexual exploitation.
  • Culturally Specific Programming: Information for and about Aboriginal, visible minority and immigrant and refugee youth.
  • Training: ask your school principle or youth worker if you can have a youth training day in your community to raise awareness about sexual exploitation.
  • Organizations: here are some organizations internationally, in Canada and BC that are working to stop sexual exploitation of children and youth.
  • Experiential Youth: Youth who have been sexually exploited are an important part of organizations and networks across BC working on the issue.  This section focuses on how experiential youth can and should be given important roles in this work. Here is a list of some of the resources for youth that you will find in this toolkit:

This website offers information for children and youth to learn about children’s rights, including the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.  It includes games, quizzes and fun activities on children’s rights issues.

No Means No for Teens

The Women’s Legal Education Action Fund (LEAF) offers programs which educate youth ages 11 to 17 about sexual assault, consent and their rights under the Canadian Charter of Rights.

Project Respect

A project aimed at addressing sexualized violence through educating and empowering youth.

Youth Against Violence Line

The 24-hour, province-wide help line provides a safe and anonymous way for young people to report incidents of youth violence or crime, and to seek assistance. They can talk anonymously - and in their own language - to a trained support person.

BC Toll Free 1 800 680-4264

Hours: 24 hours, 7 days a week

Youth Chat

A safe place for young people who have experienced commercial sexual exploitation or are active in addressing the issues in their communities.

Be Web Aware

Information on web safety for youth, including knowing the risks, taking action, and creating safety for children ages 2 to 17.

Chat Danger

Chat Danger is a site for youth about the potential dangers of interactive online services such as chat, online games, email and mobile phones.  The site includes stories by youth about their experiences and tips as to how to use the net safely.  Produced by Childnet International.

Taking a Stand Against Crime and Violence

This is a website with information about what youth can to do take a stand against violence amonst their peer group and in their community.  It includes a list of ideas of things youth can do to raise awareness about violence in their school and community.

Safe OnLine Outreach Society (SOLOS)

SOLOS website includes a great list of websites for youth with a focus on internet safety.

Full Circle: a manual on sexually exploited Native youth issues in Vancouver

The Urban Native Youth Association provides front-line services to at-risk native youth in Vancouver.  They have published a report on Aboriginal youth and sexual exploitation to provide basic information about sexual exploitation, existing services and recommendations for services and ways that the Native community can address sexual exploitation. 

Redwire native youth magazine

Redwire Magazine is run by and for Native youth.   Redwire has been in print since April of 1997 and continues to be the only Native youth driven magazine in Canada.   One of the core beliefs upon which this publication is founded is that the key to healing amongst Aboriginal communities is self-empowerment. 

Native youth can contribute articles, poems and artwork to the magazine for publication.  Copies can be ordered through their website.

Aboriginal Youth Network

This online resource for Aboriginal youth provides information and resources on education, employment and youth health.  Youth can join online forums on important issues, read about the latest news in Aboriginal communities across Canada, and contribute their own writing and artwork to the website.

Helping Hands: Empowering Native Youth.

This manual was developed to help native youth in Vancouver find services such as clothing, shelter, educational programs, detox, and health care. Visit the Urban Native Youth Association website to download or order a copy


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