The following is a compendium of promising practices for cross-sectoral and/or interregional collaboration to combat the sexual exploitation of young women and girls and its attendant issues (runaways, procuring, trafficking for the purposes of sexual exploitation). You are welcome to use these practices to inspire your own collaboration initiatives!
By adding outreach and housing resources, the SQUAT Basse-Ville project aims to reduce the consequences of living on the streets. Emergency housing is available, primarily for runaway youth, as well as direct intervention, which is provided by street workers. The organization’s joint actions, as well as the partnerships with various stakeholders in the area, make it possible to reach out to vulnerable clientele between the ages of 12 and 25 who are also at risk of sexual exploitation.
The Mamamia project is a cross-sectoral collaboration between C.I.J.M., Sûreté du Québec and CISSS in the region of Montérégie-Est. A street worker becomes the first responder who is called on when there are runaways in the area, providing assistance to youth between the ages of 12 and 25 and helping prevent the occurrence of related issues, such as sexual exploitation or crime. This partnership is innovative in nature, providing services that are complementary to those provided by the Mobilis and MIA projects in the municipality of Les Maskoutains.
The goal of the Refuge La Piaule project is to equip intervention workers in the Centre-du-Québec region so that they can respond to the phenomenon of sexual exploitation of youth between the ages of 12 and 25. The measures taken to achieve this include working collaboratively with several partners, focusing on their mobilization in order to establish a regional portrait, cataloguing what is being done with respect to prevention and intervention, identifying existing prevention and intervention tools, adapting these tools and planning the application of actions to intervene in these areas.
By enhancing its street outreach work and increasing the hours of the intervention worker, Alliance Jeunesse Chutes-de-la-Chaudière ensures that intervention workers have a presence in areas frequented by their clientele, areas that very few, if any, other intervention workers have access. Intervention workers are in contact with victims of violence, intimidation and sexual exploitation, but also with the perpetrators. They will direct those people in need of more specific follow-up services to the appropriate resources. The project aims to meet the needs of the most vulnerable youth and to reduce the risk factors related to sexual exploitation.
Through its workshops, individual support services, psychosocial follow-up and housing, Le 2159 helps at-risk youth and victims of sexual exploitation. Working in partnership with key community stakeholders, Le 2159 targets youth between the ages of 15 and 25, many of whom spend time or have spent time in the youth centre network. Social workers are qualified to intervene on behalf of this clientele, particularly when there are issues related to sexual exploitation.
This project primarily attempts to respond to the particular needs of youth (aged 12 to 25) trapped in prostitution by providing support through outreach work and developing cross-sectoral intervention procedures. The PIPQ (Projet Intervention Prostitution Québec), in partnership with the CIUSS-CN site Centre Jeunesse (CJQ) and the Service de Police de la Ville de Québec (SPVQ), seeks to reduce the barriers associated with the exit process for youth trapped in the world of prostitution.
The Satellite project aims to prevent sexual exploitation and promote egalitarian and consensual relationships among Montreal youth aged 12 to 25 through educational and interactive workshops. The themes addressed are gender stereotypes, egalitarian love relationships, consent, prevention of sexual exploitation, and masculinity and its stereotypes (the last one is intended for boys only). The content is available in French or English throughout the Island of Montreal, free of charge.
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