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NOW, a Toronto, Ontario, weekly newspaper, BY LEAH RUMACK, December 13, 2001

Tough love for troubled teens, Tory-style. That's what young prostitutes in Ontario narrowly escaped this week when a legislative loophole held up passage of Bill 86. But the scary Big Brother legislation will likely hit the street as early as next spring. First tabled last summer, Bill 86, the "Rescuing Children From Sexual Exploitation Act," gives authorities the power to seize, without a warrant, anyone under 18 who they suspect is involved in sex work. Even if no charges are laid, youths can be held for up to 30 days in a "safe facility" where they can be forced to undergo medical treatment, among other things. They don't like it? Too bad.

The bill was in committee and headed for a third reading when NDP justice critic Peter Kormos scuttled it on a point of order Tuesday (December 11).

"I am adamantly opposed to this bill," says Kormos, who originally was "cautiously supportive."

"It's a feeble attempt to criminalize activity that isn't illegal, and is just a politically cute, fast way to deal with a social problem -- just lock them up!"

But the draconian approach to helping teen sex workers isn't uniformly dismissed by those on the social service front lines. Some point out that there are youngsters who actually respond to the attention this kind of strategy generates. And they worry that it may be the only way to justify Read More for much-needed services.

Similar legislation has already been passed in BC and Alberta. BC's Secure Care Act was passed in July 2000 but hasn't come into force yet; Alberta's Protection Of Children Involved In Prostitution Initiative (PCHIP) has been in effect since 1999.

Those on the streets point to the authoritarian nature of this sanctioned kidnapping. "We think it's manipulative to call 16-to-18-year-olds children," says Mirha-Soleil Ross, a Toronto trans and sex-worker activist. "When people think of children, they think of a seven-year-old in a basement forced to turn tricks, and that isn't a reality we know. There's this insulting assumption that because 16- and 17-year-olds are young, they're inherently unable to make their own decisions."

But there is a realization among some service workers that not all young people respond the same way.

"It's a fine line between assisting and taking away someone's rights," says Susan Miner, director of Toronto's Street Outreach Services, "and youth are divided. Many express revulsion at the idea that they could arbitrarily be put in a locked setting. But some say that in retrospect they wish someone had put them in a situation where they didn't have the choice to work."

Still, many believe the compulsory nature of the program will certainly overshadow any positive features. Karen Busby, a law professor at the University of Manitoba, says such legislation is riddled with possible Charter challenges in the areas of the rights to liberty, freedom from unreasonable search and seizure, and arbitrary detention. "My big concern," says Busby, "is that youth will stop accessing voluntary services for fear of being apprehended, and that will mean Read More ..olation and abuse."

All the critics say that the various baby hooker bills do little to address root problems like poverty, First Nations cultural devastation, drug addiction and cuts to social services.

"It seems to me that when politicians think about PCHIP, it's like, "Hey, if my kid were involved in prostitution, what would I want to be able to do?'" says Busby. "But that's not the majority of kids. A lot of them have been sexually abused. It's a middle-class solution to an underclass problem."

As of the end of October, Alberta's PCHIP had racked up 545 apprehensions, taking a total of 302 kids off the street. Some were picked up several times, like one girl who was in and out of custody 17 times. During incarceration, youth are given access to counselling and support services. A preliminary Edmonton study showed that about 50 per cent of the youth confined under the program eventually quit the trade.

"The goal of these initiatives is to provide young people with a time period to get the help they need and make decisions for themselves away from people exploiting them," says David Young, Ontario's attorney general. "I have difficulty accepting that 17-year-olds want to be on the street."

And Kevin Hood, the long-time youth worker who runs PCHIP, says it may be a last resort, but confinement is an important tool. "That girl who went through the program 17 times was my client," he explains. "She would purposely go to the same corner where she always got picked up.

"She went the night before her 16th birthday knowing she would be picked up and taken somewhere where people cared about her and would bake her a birthday cake. It's sad that sometimes we need to intervene in ways that seem to be taking away their rights. But I also know the dangers that we see young people in."

Civil libertarians around the country aren't buying it so far. Says Annabele Webb of BC's Justice for Girls, "The rhetoric is that you have to lock them up for their own good, but just think of all the nasty things that have been done for people's "own good.'"

Female Sexual Predators / Female Sex Offenders

Vancouver Sun

3 in 4 B.C. boys on street sexually exploited by women

VANCOUVER - Canada's largest study into the sexual exploitation of street kids and runaways has shattered some myths about who the abusers might be - with the most surprising finding being that many are women seeking sex with young males.

"Some youth in each gender were exploited by women with more than three out of four (79 per cent) sexually exploited males reporting exchanging sex for money or goods with a female," said Elizabeth Saewyc, associate professor of nursing at the University of British Columbia and principal investigator for the study conducted by Vancouver's McCreary Centre Society.

"I must admit it wasn't something we were expecting."

Associated Press

Mom drugged daughter to get her pregnant: police

Associate Press, U.S.A.
April 3, 2009

PITTSBURGH (AP) - A western Pennsylvania mother has been charged with giving her 13-year-old daughter drugs and alcohol so the woman's boyfriend could impregnate the girl without her knowing, police said Thursday.

Shana Brown, 32, is no longer able to have children but wanted to have a baby with her current boyfriend, Duane Calloway, said Uniontown Police Detective Donald Gmitter. The pair decided to drug the girl so Calloway, 40, could have sex with her, he added.

"There's some sick people on this case," Gmitter said.

Brown has been charged with endangering the welfare of a child, turned herself in Thursday and was being held in the Fayette County jail, police said. Brown's attorney did not return a call for comment.

Calloway faces several counts of attempted rape. He was arrested Wednesday and remains in jail. It was not immediately clear whether he had an attorney.

The three attacks occurred in Brown's home in Uniontown, about 50 miles south of Pittsburgh, according to the criminal complaint.

Female Sexual Predators / Female Sex Offenders

The Oprah Winfrey Show

Lisa Ling Video Interview of Female Sexual Predator / Offender

This woman raped or sexually assaulted over 100 children by her own account.

Research - 20% out of 800 Sex Offenders are Female

Guardian UK

Our blind rage at women who abuse

Because we assume women never commit child sexual abuse, we treat one who is accused with disproportionate disgust

The Guardian, UK
June 11, 2009

About 20 years ago, I gave a talk about sexual abuse to the RAF. At the end, a young airman came up to me and said, "It's not just men, you know," before hurriedly walking away. That pulled me up sharp. Up till then, like most people working in the area of sexual abuse, I'd always assumed the abusers were men.

This just isn't so. We can't be sure of the precise prevalence of sexual abuse by women, as there hasn't been enough research into the subject. Academics have just assumed it doesn't happened. But conservative estimates suggest that 5% of girls and 20% of boys who have reported being abused have been abused by women. From my own research - I have had 800 cases reported to me - I believe the more likely figure is that it is 20% of all sexual abuse that is done by women.

It is women themselves who have done most to propagate this conspiracy of silence. It has almost become a feminist axiom that it is men who are to blame for abuse and that if women are in some way implicated, it is only because they have somehow been forced or controlled into doing so against their will. Again, this turns out to be completely incorrect: 75% of the cases reported to me involved women acting on their own.  Read More ..

Why you shouldn't see VAGINA MONOLOGUES

Lesbian Pedophilia and the rape of girls

Don't attend performances.

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Mother had sex with child sons | Toronto Star

Mother confesses to sex with sons

Had intercourse with 2 teenagers

Pleads guilty to incest charges

A Kitchener woman has pleaded guilty to having sexual intercourse with her two teenage sons on separate occasions.