Strolling Away

SECTION 4 - Concluding Discussion & Recommendations

SECTION 4 - Concluding Discussion & Recommendations

4.1 Males in the Sexual Exploitation Trade

It became clear through "Strolling Away" that males face different challenges than females. It is my belief that this social issue is looked at through a female lens. There has never been a Canadian research study on males involved in the sexual exploitation trade. We need to gain an understanding as to why males turn to the trade at a younger age and work twice as long as females. Males’ street tenure appears to last longer as they do not have the option of bearing children. It is imperative that we gain an independent specific understanding of the entrance, working life and the exiting process for young males embroiled in the trade.

Recommendation 1

That a national research study on males involved in the sexual exploitation trade be undertaken. The goal of the research would be to determine why males enter the trade younger and stay longer and to gain an understanding of the service needs for this population.

4.2 Supply and Demand Equation

From this research it became apparent that our attention, minimal prevention materials and interventions are directed towards the supply of youth involved in the sexual exploitation trade. Outreach programs and secure treatment are designed to support or contain young people who have entered the trade. These forms of interventions are directed at keeping the individual youth involved in the street, safe. It is clear that if we are ever going to conquer this issue a demand approach must be part of the equation. We need to educate with the goal of impacting and deterring present and future customers. A need exists to alter the demand for such services. During these interviews both male and female sex workers spoke about the continual flow of customers wanting to purchase their services. This presented a challenge for those trying to escape the trade.

Recommendation 2

That attention is directed toward decreasing the demand for the sexual exploitation trade. Prevention materials, directed at young males, need to be developed to create awareness that the sexual exploitation trade is a form of sexual abuse.

4.3 Education

4.3.1 Peer Education

It is clear that the road out of the sexual exploitation trade is a challenging one. Youth that have exited the trade are not accepted and are scorned by their peers. They are often referred to in derogatory terms such as, slut, whore, etc. Peers require education to understand that youth involved in the trade are being sexually exploited and that many of them have a history of sexual and physical abuse prior to the street. Many of those interviewed spoke of failed attempts at returning to school; failed attempts at squaring up and re-entering the straight world. Peer education could impact the successful return for a youth from the trade.

Recommendation 3

That prevention information is directed towards young women and young men. Bothgroups need to understand that the sexual exploitation trade is a form of sexual abuse. Young people could be supportive to those escaping this abuse if they understood the dynamics of the trade.

4.3.2 Public Education

There is a need for the public to be educated on the issue of youth involved in the sexual exploitation trade of prostitution. Some provinces have entered into their own campaigns with success. A need exists for a well-researched and focused national campaign, which provides a consistent message to potential consumers, those living off the avails, peers, family members, parents, and professionals. It appears that there has been some success with national campaigns on drinking and driving. The same impact is possible with understanding the sexual exploitation trade of youth prostitution.

Recommendation 4

That a national ad campaign be designed with aclear messagethat prostitution is a form of sexual abuse and that potential customers are in fact sexual abusers.

4.3.3 Parental Education

Recommendation 5

That education material is directed towards parents so they may begin to teach their children at a young age that sexual exploitation is a form of sexual abuse.

4.3.4 Youth and Caregiver Education

Recommendation 6

That reality-based prevention materials be developed for youth and parents/caregivers.This material would be developed in consultation with experiential individuals, in other words those who have exited the trade on numerous occasions who can therefore provide valuable information.

Recommendation 7

That education material is designed on the process and challenges of leaving the street for youth and parents/caregivers.

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