Help is available to children sexually exploited through prostitution through the Protection of Sexually Exploited Children Act.
The Act recognizes that children involved in prostitution are victims of sexual abuse and allows police and caseworkers to remove sexually exploited children from dangerous situations to ensure their safety and well-being.
Under the legislation, sexually exploited children and youth involved in prostitution can access a variety of voluntary community services including medical assistance, drug and alcohol counseling, psychological services, educational programming, placement resources and life skills support.
A child who does not want to end his or her involvement in prostitution can be apprehended by police or a child protection worker. The police or child protection worker would then take the child to a safe, secured facility, where the child can be confined for up to five days.
At this safe, secured facility, the child receives emergency care, treatment and an assessment. The development of a long-term plan to assist the child to exit prostitution begins.
Under the Act, those who exploit children can be charged with child sexual abuse and fined up to $25,000, jailed for up to two years, or both.
To view or purchase a copy of the Protection of Sexually Exploited Children Act, contact the Queen’s Printer.