ERIC Number: ED461683
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
Consistent and Persistent: A Necessary Response to Children Involved in Prostitution.
LeBlanc, L. Suzanne
This document presents a systematic, comparative review of three reports: (1) "Community Consultation on Prostitution in British Columbia: Overview of Results" (released in March 1996 by the Ministry of the Attorney General in British Columbia); (2) "Children Involved in Prostitution" (from Alberta in January 1997); and (3) "Position Paper on Law 212(4): A Time for Action" (produced by the Downtown Eastside Youth Activities from a survey conducted in Vancouver, British Columbia). Although each of these reports has been reviewed individually by the Downtown Service Providers (DTSP) Committee, an ad hoc committee comprised of representatives from providers of social services within the downtown core of Prince George, British Columbia, there seemed to be some level of discrepancy among the reports and the statistics revolving around the communal problem of youth prostitution. Hence, the need for this comparative evaluation. In Prince George as in other communities across Canada, adolescents under the age of 18, and some as young as 9 years old, are involved in youth prostitution. This paper focuses on identifying solutions to the problems of sexually exploited youth in Prince George by: (1) outlining the problems of community youth involved in prostitution; (2) providing a synthesis of recent reports from British Columbia and Alberta addressing youth prostitution; and (3) summarizing the responses of local professionals involved in providing service to local youth. The three papers synthesized shared the assumption that youth prostitution is serious and should be regarded as a form of child abuse. Recommendations for addressing this problem in Prince George focused on recognizing the seriousness of the problem and providing resources for prevention and helping children already involved. The recommendations included educational efforts to inform those involved with the issue, including teachers and students, and the provision of housing, shelters, and a detox center in the city of Prince George to meet the needs of local youth. (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
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Sponsor: Community Planning Council of Prince George (British Columbia).
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Identifiers - Location: Canada