Our Collective Responsibility

On Jan. 13, the CBC reported on under-aged prostitution in Halifax and one mother’s quest to bring it to an end. The mother (whose identity is protected) discovered that her 13 year old daughter was advertised online and had been sold for sex on numerous occasions.

A story like this is outraging and urges us to seek justice for whoever is to blame. The truth is that the prostitution of girls happens in nearly every country around the world, including our own, despite being illegal and morally reprehensible. It is difficult to get to the root of the issue and eradicate child sexual abuse but we can all be a part of the solution. We can keep our eyes open and remember that if anyone suspects that a child is being hurt, we are all obligated to report it. In Manitoba, it is everyone’s legal obligation to report suspected child abuse. It takes a village to raise a child, and we all live in a village and all carry some responsibility. Visit www.pacca.mb.ca  for more information on Reporting Child Protection and Child Abuse.

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