As the Executive Director and also the co-chair of the Sexual Exploitation Intervention Committee I would like to take this opportunity to welcome you to the new website iamnot4sale.ca. I would also like to thank the other Intervention Committee members from: Saskatoon Police Service-Vice Unit, Saskatoon Health Region-Mental Health and Addiction Services-Youth Team, Ministry of Social Services-Child and Family Services, Saskatoon Tribal Council-Safe House, and various programs within EGADZ. Our Sexual Exploitation Committee meets monthly to discuss and assist those who are caught up in the sex trade and need assistance to get out. Our youngest referral was 11 years old and we accept referrals up to the age of 18. Since the surge in social media we are finding that young girls are using the web to make their dates and often being exploited. We were hearing that children as young as 13 are using the internet as the predators are more easily hidden behind a keyboard.
A huge Thank You to; the Canadian Women’s Foundation, The Government of Saskatchewan – Status of Women, Ministry of Social Services – Office of the Provincial Interlocutor First Nations, Metis, and Northern Affairs – Government Relations. Also a special Thank You to our Youth Committee, who has worked diligently to make the Website and App informative, appealing, and easy to navigate. Their commitment to this project came with a commitment from the committee to provide service to all that reach out for help. We would like to thank 2webdesign for assisting the youth in the design and allowing the youth to take the lead in the creation of this website and app.
The Website and App will have many uses. It is here for those who are caught up in the sex trade against their will. It is there to assist children and youth being exploited and want to remain anonymous fearing repercussions. It is there to assist those who face harm and share their experiences with others through the Violent Customer List. It is there so those who may be moved province to province through human trafficking can get help out. It is there for those who are most vulnerable including: Runaways, living in poverty, peer pressure, human trafficking, addiction, mental health, to name a few. It also has a blog so you can share stories, experiences, articles, and bring awareness to sexual exploitation.