WHAT IS SEX TRAFFICKING ?
traded commercially to be used sexually.
Offering help and a support system as well as assisting women wishing to leave the sex industry in the Montreal area.
THE VICTIM'S REALITY
- The services for these women are practically non-existent. La Sortie 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 continually suffering 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 nurtured materially and emotionally, after which they are gradually lured into the lifestyle and 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. (SRCQ, 2013)
78% of women who have left the sex industry say they have mental health problems. (CLES 2014)