Indicators of Child Recruitment for Sexual Exploitation
Traffickers recruit vulnerable children and teenagers at a variety of locations, including schools, youth shelters and youth centres, shopping malls, movie theatres, city bus and train stations, hitchhiking beside the road, libraries, skateboard parks and parties. Today, online social networking sites are also prime recruiting locations.
Once a trafficker finds a vulnerable child or teenager, they may begin to groom or prepare them for sexual exploitation by initially offering the minor something they want or need: love, shelter, friendship, protection, drugs, alcohol, money, jewellery, a glamorous life, or perhaps even a modelling or singing contract.
An adult in contact with a child or youth may be able to recognize the signs that they are being groomed, and may be able to stop the recruitment before it moves into sexual exploitation.
In the following video, Professor Benjamin Perrin talks about a case in B.C. where a man used a social networking site to recruit a 14-year-old girl into trafficking for sexual exploitation.
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