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, trust, and dependency 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 pole dancing, erotic massage, child sexual abuse materials, Including writing, images, videos, audio recording, 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
  • Transactional sexual exploitation
  • Transportation (Taxi, Uber, Lyft, Hitch Hiking)
  • Housing (Couch sex)
  • Materials/Goods (food, clothing, drugs [prescription/recreational])
  • Monetary
  • Revenge porn
  • 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)

Our Work

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 specifically. 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.

  • 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.

Resources

CASEY Training

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.

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Call or text (709)771-1706. This phone is checked Monday to Friday 9:00 am to 4:30pm.

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