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Address: 807 Water Street, St. John’s, NL A1E IC4

Tel: (709) 754-0536 ext.203  Cell: 771-1706   Email: acornelius@thrivecyn.ca

Target Population: Local youth at risk of being sexually exploited; individuals already involved in sexually exploitive activities; and local youth service providers.

Highlight of Programs / Services Offered:

  • CASEY’s primary areas of focus are:
    • To create awareness and understanding of sexual exploitation of youth within the general public, youth and organizations that work with youth
    • To increase opportunities to network, collaborate, and share information
    • To advocate for appropriate supports and resources to reduce or prevent the sexual exploitation of youth
  • The CASEY Video provides the viewer with information on what sexual exploitation is; who is at risk; the grooming and luring process; warning signs and includes the voice of four NL Youth who have been sexually exploited. The video is appropriate for youth (12 and over), parents, youth service workers, professionals and the general public. Each video comes with a discussion guide.
  • Presentations and Training sessions are available; these can vary from 1 hour to a full day training session.

Who Are We?

CASEY is comprised of a group of concerned professionals and experiential voices in the community that work together to address issues pertaining to the sexual exploitation of youth. We are the only organization in the province with the mandate of addressing the sexual exploitation of youth.

What is Sexual Exploitation?

Sexual Exploitation, is the abuse of positions of vulnerability, power, or trust to profit monetarily, materially, socially, or politically off the exploits of another person. Sexual exploitation of youth legally refers to anyone under the age of 18 who is exchanging sexual services.  Sexual services can include (but is not limited to) sexual acts, escort services, stripping or erotic dancing, erotic massage, pornographic performances and the production of pornography (including sexually explicit images/photos), phone sex, and more. Sexual exploitation does not necessarily end when a person turns 19. Sexual exploitation can be and is present in the adult sex trade industry.

There are many forms of sexual exploitation including but not limited to:

  • Survival sex

o    Transactional sexual exploitation

  • Transportation (Taxi, Uber, Lyft, Hitch Hiking)
  • Housing (Couch sex)
  • Materials/Goods (food, clothing, drugs [prescription/recreational])
  • Monetary
  • Revenge porn

o    Releasing a person’s sexual photos/videos as a form of punishment or retaliation

  • Peer-to-peer exploitation (Including revenge porn, sexting, and self-exploitation)
  • Human Trafficking (recruitment, transportation, transfer, harboring, or receipt of persons)
  • Forced labour (Phone sex, pornographic performance, escort services, erotic massage, stripping/erotic dancing, street-based)
  • Online-based (Chat rooms, Snapchat, Facebook, TikTok, Instagram, Tumblr)

Sexual exploitation is not a new issue for St. John’s nor Newfoundland and Labrador. However, until the formation of CASEY there was no group or organization working to address this issue. Many of CASEY’s members support young people who engage in the sex trade. We believe it is critical to do prevention work, and this is the gap in service that CASEY aims to fill.

Our Work

  • To create awareness and understanding of sexual exploitation of youth within the general public, youth, and organizations that work with youth;
  • To build capacity to effectively address the issue of sexual exploitation of youth through networking, collaboration, and information sharing;
  • To advocate for appropriate supports and resources to reduce or prevent the sexual exploitation of youth;
  • To support survivor leadership within CASEY and the broader community.

C.A.S.E.Y. Resources

Presentations and Training

CASEY members are available to conduct presentation and training sessions about the sexual exploitation of youth. Sessions can be one hour to a full-day training.

In 2021 CASEY developed and launched Notified – a free virtual self-paced training about the online sexual exploitation of youth in Canada. Available on Thrive’s website.

To find out more about presentations and training or to book a session please contact Amnesty Cornelius at (709) 754-0536 ext 203 or acornelius@thrivecyn.ca.

Awareness Brochures and Posters

Printed posters and brochures are available free of charge.

To order posters/brochures please contact Thrive’s main office at (709) 754-0536.

An electronic copy of the poster can be found here.

Educational/Awareness Video

The 16 minute video, produced by CASEY, can be used for education, training, and awareness. The video features four voices of lived experience, from the local youth perspective. The viewer will learn about what sexual exploitation is; who is vulnerable; the luring and grooming process of exploiters; and warning signs of sexual exploitation.

The video is accompanied with a Discussion Guide that is appropriate for youth 12 and older, parents/guardians/caregivers, youth service workers, professionals, and the general public.

The CASEY Video can be accessed on YouTube. Download the CASEY Video Discussion Guide here.

Contact C.A.S.E.Y.

To find out more about CASEY and our work or to book a presentation/training about the sexual exploitation of youth, please contact Amnesty Cornelius at (709) 754-0536 ext 203 or acornelius@thrivecyn.ca.

Need Support?

Call or text (709)771-1706

To order posters/brochures please contact Thrive’s main office at (709) 754-0536.

Additional Resources

NeedHelpNow.ca – Canadian Website to Help Youth Involved in Peer/Self Exploitation

This website is for youth, ages 13-17, who have sent image(s)/video(s) of themselves to someone else and now it is being shared with others or posted online.

This site offers practical guidance to help youth who:

  • Want their peers to stop sharing the image(s)/video(s)
  • Want their image(s)/video(s) removed from the internet;
  • Want help navigating/dealing with a situation that has gone too far;
  • Want support/someone to talk to about their situation;
  • Want information about self care and safety.

Visit NeedHelpNow.ca

Chrysalis Anti-Human Trafficking Network

The Chrysalis Network offers a national free and confidential telephone counselling service to adults and youth who have been trafficked for the purpose of forced commercial sex or labour. They also offer on-going support to sex workers who do not identify with being trafficked or exploited.

The Chrysalis Network also offers Project Lifeline, a safe buddy system, for people doing sex work in isolation. To use Lifeline call, 1-866-528-7109, let them know when your entering and expected to leave a date. If they don’t hear back from you at the agreed upon time they will inform an emergency contact (appointed by you) and work to verify your safety.

The Chrysalis Network is LGBT friendly, and non-abolitionist.

Call 1-866-528-7109 for support or Project Lifeline.

The WOW (Warn Other Workers) Line – Local, Free, Non-Judgemental, and Anonymous

The WOW Line is a collaborative service launched by the St. John’s Status of Women Council/ The Women’s Centre and The Newfoundland and Labrador Sexual Assault Crisis and Prevention Centre (NLSACPC). The goal is to combat violence that occurs in the lives of women and men involved in the sex industry.

The WOW Line is a 24/7 toll free number available to sex workers to share information about assaults. The caller can leave an anonymous message with as much detail as they feel comfortable sharing. Additionally,  the caller can get direct support from a NLSACPC volunteer.

Call the WOW Line at 1-800-726-2743

Thrive’s Blue Door Program

The Blue Door Program is St. John’s based. It is the first program in Newfoundland and Labrador designed to support individuals exit the sex trade, sex trade activities, and/or sexually exploitive situations including sex trafficking. The program is primarily for people ages 14-29 and is inclusive of all gender identities and sexual orientations.

To find our more about Thrive’s Blue Door Program or to obtain a referral form please click here.

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