14 year old girl arrested for sex trade recruitment

There have been several news reports about the 14 year girl from Chilliwack who was arrested on suspicion of recruiting other girls into the sex trade.  Our Pastoral Counsellor Sister Nancy Brown is a national expert on sexual exploitation and human trafficking and takes issue with the way in which this case is being handled and reported.  Below is her letter to the editor at the Vancouver Sun.

I read with incredulousness the article about the 14-year old girl in Chilliwack who is accused of recruiting other girls into the sex trade.

While it is possible that this young girl was recruiting other girls, it should go without saying that this girl is herself a victim.  Pimps and predators lure young girls into the sex trade by exploiting their weaknesses whether it be a need for love, companionship or simply money for food.  That these same girls then recruit others is part of the deal; this is what they must do at the demand of the pimps. 

There have been several news reports about the 14 year girl from Chilliwack who was arrested on suspicion of recruiting other girls into the sex trade.  Our Pastoral Counsellor Sister Nancy Brown is a national expert on sexual exploitation and human trafficking and takes issue with the way in which this case is being handled and reported.  Below is her letter to the editor at the Vancouver Sun.

I read with incredulousness the article about the 14-year old girl in Chilliwack who is accused of recruiting other girls into the sex trade.

While it is possible that this young girl was recruiting other girls, it should go without saying that this girl is herself a victim.  Pimps and predators lure young girls into the sex trade by exploiting their weaknesses whether it be a need for love, companionship or simply money for food.  That these same girls then recruit others is part of the deal; this is what they must do at the demand of the pimps. 

Covenant House has worked with young women who are trying to flee the sex trade and the grip held upon them by pimps and predators is tight.  This story is being reported as if this 14 year old girl is somehow the “mastermind” behind this recruitment operation.  The girl is 14 years old; she is, first and foremost, a victim of sexual exploitation herself and needs to be rescued from a life of violence and degradation. 

Sister Nancy Brown, SC
Pastoral Counsellor
Covenant House Vancouver

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