If you suspect that a child or youth is or is likely to be sexually exploited you must report your suspicion to a child welfare worker. A child in British Columbia, under the Child, Family and Community Act (CFCSA) is defined as anyone under the age of 19. You should report even if you don’t have all the details and whether or not you think someone else has already done so.
According to the CFCSA a child needs protection under the following circumstances relating to sexual exploitation:
- If a child has been, or is likely to be, physically harmed, sexually abused or sexually exploited by the child’s parent.
- If a child has been, or is likely to be, physically harmed, sexually abused or sexually exploited by another person and if the child’s parent is unwilling to or unable to protect the child.
If you are living in British Columbia and need to contact a child welfare worker call the Helpline for Children, any time, any day at 310 1234. No area code is needed.