"Some Montreal high schools are experiencing what appears to be a new problem," wrote The Gazette's Paul Cherry today, "where female students are being recruited to perform sexual acts for money in the very same place where they are supposed to be learning."
Cherry had attended an event, Sex Trafficking in Montreal Area Secondary Schools: Recognizing, Prevention and Information Support session for Educators, School Social Workers & Counsellors, organized by Lisa Trimble, at McGill's Education building the evening prior. Montreal RCMP Human Trafficking Awareness Coordinator Melina Larizza spoke to attendees about this growing concern.
Dr. Lisa Trimble, of our Department of Integrated Studies in Education, includes sexualities education and teacher education among her research interests. "The next step," said Dr. Trimble, "is that we are in the planning stages for a conference that will connect educators, parents, law enforcement and community organizations in helping to promote awareness and prevention of human trafficking in Canada."
The Gazette spoke to both Trimble and Larizza for the article, published today.