WHAT IS SEX TRAFFICKING ?
where humans are traded commercially to be used sexually.
More often than not, participation is involuntary. Even when one gives her consent,
it is often through manipulation, kidnapping or taking advantage of her vulnerability.
- The services for these women are practically non-existent. The Way Out offers them the help they so urgently need.
- Their lifestyle often results in addiction, mental health problems, homelessness, and social disfunction.
- Victims are stigmatized, judged and valued only for sex.
- Victims are traumatized by abuse (verbal, sexual, or physical), violence, harassment, manipulation, threats and attacks.
- Many of them believe they are in a love affair with their trafficker (pimp).
- Few worry about this problem, because these activities are mostly secretive and illegal.
They are mostly defenceless young girls, who are looking for love and are suffering continually from a lack of self-confidence.
it is because at least he thinks you are worth it.
At least it proves somebody thinks you are worth something. »
Quote from a victim in a book by Michel Dorais
They are approached and are initially gratified materially and emotionally, and then are gradually lured into the lifestyle and toward the activities tied to the sexual market for profit.
« They give you money, drugs and 'fun',
but in the end, they want your dignity and self-worth. »
Testimony of Katarina Rosenblatt (addressing a school assembly)
SEX TRADE IN QUEBEC : STATISTICS
The 300 years of slavery in the colonial era had fewer people exchanged for sexual exploitation or other form of slavery than today. (UNODC 2012)
2.4 million victims of human trafficking in the world. (UNODC 2012)
$32 billion in annual revenues, making it the second largest criminal industry after arms trafficking. (UNODC 2012)
Montréal is designated as a major destination for sexual tourism.
(D.O.S. États-Unis, 2009) (E.C.P.A.T., 2016)
1 077 offers for sexual services on the island of Montreal including :
- 200 massage parlors,
- 65 nude dancing bars,
- 38 escort agencies.
(CLES, 2014) (SRCQ, 2013)
1 500 pimps or more have been active in Québec over the last 10 years.
4 000 young women and men (aged 12 to 25) are sexually exploited in Montréal alone.
(Revue Défi Jeunesse 2002)
90% of the victims of sex trafficking in Montréal are Canadian residents. (Jiminez 2014)
78% of women who have left the sex industry say they have mental health problems. (CLES 2014)
59% of the acts directed against women by their pimps are crimes of violence. (SRCQ 2013)