Sexual exploitation of teenagers is a huge concern in our society. Teens are being recruited by gangs to be used for sexual exploitation and human trafficking purposes. Earlier this year, six girls were reported missing from the Laval youth centre and police found evidence that the girls were most likely targeted by gangs for sexual exploitation. I believe that teenagers are a vulnerable population because they are looking for their identity and are easily influenced by the promises and luxury initially offered by gang members or pimps. As a social service student, I believe they need to be protected and I feel the best way of doing that is by building awareness and empowering the teenagers through education so they can protect themselves. Therefore the aim of Students Against Forced Exploitation & Trafficking of Youth (S.A.F.E.T.Y) is to empower the youth with knowledge and education to recognize signs of sexual exploitation, to protect themselves by applying the knowledge they have acquired and to ultimately to take a stand against the sexual exploitation of teens.
-To address the issue of sexual exploitation by raising awareness among the youth in Montreal.
-To promote prevention by collaborating with En Marche to develop a prevention program (such as “Stepping Up”) which would involve youth leaders selected from High Schools in Montreal who would serve as ambassadors. They will attend organized workshops where they will be trained on what signs to look for and how to educate and protect other students from being recruited or prevent schools from being infiltrated. Then they will go back to their schools and with coaching, proper guidance and support organize an events. This will help empower them to build awareness within the school.
-To enhance community involvement by taking a multidisciplinary approach and partnering with organizations already involved in addressing the issue of sexual exploitation of teens such as RCMP, SPVM, PACT Ottawa.
-To advocate for a society in which all teens and children are safe from being sexually exploited by empowering teenagers with education so they can protect themselves and take ownership of the battle against human trafficking.
This initiative has been presented via activity: https://fsm2016.org/en/activites/creative-brain-storming-a-world-free-from-human-trafficking/
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