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Age of Consent at 14 Makes Canada Favoured Sex Tourism
Raiders News Network ^ | Dec 20th, 2006 | Hilary White

Posted on 12/22/2006 8:17:20 PM PST by Lorianne

OTTAWA, December 20, 2006 (LifeSiteNews.com) – A newly released report says that the age of consent for vaginal sex in Canada – currently set at 14 – has made this country a favorite destination for child-sex “tourism”. The Global Monitoring Report on the Status of Action against the Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children, says that Canada’s age of consent has made Canada a haven for pedophiles.

The report was issued by the Bangkok-based organization, End Child Prostitution, Child Pornography and Trafficking of Children for Sexual Purposes, or ECPAT International. It gives Canada 17 recommendations, including raising the age of consent from 14 to 16.

EPCAT International monitors and studies the problem of child sexual exploitation around the world. The Global Monitoring Report says that legal action is not enough and that a culture of sexual exploitation of children has arisen around the world in recent years, particularly in media imagery and the internet. This, the group says, coincides with trends of children being frequently victimized by adults for commercial sex, “under the wrongful concept of their ability to consent to exploitation.”

The report recommends that “all children up to the age of 18 …be afforded legal protection from commercial sexual exploitation.”

A bill to raise the age of consent, one of the first to be put forward by Canada’s Conservative government, passed second reading in the House of Commons in October.

Federal Justice Minister Vic Toews told the CBC that Americans are being prosecuted under US laws for using Canada as a sex-tourism destination. “It's ironic in Canada we can't prosecute them, and yet Americans coming here and taking advantage of our children, when they go back, can face criminal prosecutions and lengthy imprisonment." Toews told the CBC.

The CBC report quotes Toronto police constable, Paul Krawczyk, who said, “I've been in pedophile chat rooms that discuss Canada having such a low age of consent that they tell other pedophiles to travel to Canada because of that. Sixty-year-olds engaging in sexual activities with 14 or 15-year-olds is not appropriate.”

The federal government’s proposal to raise the age of consent in Canada from 14 to 16 was vocally opposed by homosexual advocacy groups who accused the government of attacking the sexual freedoms of young people.

As a longtime proponent of raising the age of consent, Toews responded in June when the government tabled their bill, “Adults who sexually prey upon young people are the targets of these reforms, not consenting teenagers.”

The proposed legislation includes a close-in-age clause that means young people 14 or 15 can have sexual relations with someone “less than five years older.”

The sides are clearly lined up in the war over child-protection and the age of consent. After the Conservatives tabled the bill, the Coalition For Lesbian And Gay Rights In Ontario and the Sex Laws Committee said raising the age would discriminate against the sexual choices of gay youth.

Planned Parenthood Ottawa and the Canadian AIDS Society also criticized the bill saying it would interfere with efforts to educate youth about pregnancy, disease prevention and sexual rights.

This February, the homosexual activist group EGALE (Equality for Gays and Lesbians Everywhere), asked the government to lower the age of consent for anal sex to 16 from its current 18, saying that the difference only served to “stigmatize gay men.”

Following this, in November, a Liberal Party policy resolution, attributed to the British Columbia branch of the Party, called for the lowering of the age of consent for anal sex.

Gay Activists Ask Canada to Lower Age of Consent for Anal Sex, National Post Agrees http://www.lifesite.net/ldn/2006/feb/06021403.html

International Group Urges Canada to Raise Age of Consent, Urges Against Legalizing Prostitution http://www.lifesite.net/ldn/2005/mar/05031406.html --------------------------------------------------------------------------------

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Canada; Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society
KEYWORDS: ageofconsent; canada; heterosexualagenda; moralabsolutes; sex; tourism

1 posted on 12/22/2006 8:17:23 PM PST by Lorianne
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To: Lorianne

Well, now we know why Bill Clinton visits Candaa often.


2 posted on 12/22/2006 8:18:22 PM PST by LdSentinal
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To: Lorianne

whats this threasd all a boot?


3 posted on 12/22/2006 8:22:36 PM PST by al baby (Hi mom)
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To: Lorianne; wagglebee

(dumbfounded).

Why do I suddenly feel like I shouldn't be surprised by this?


4 posted on 12/22/2006 8:23:57 PM PST by cgk (I don't see myself as a conservative. I see myself as a religious, right-wing, wacko extremist.)
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To: Lorianne

Gosh those Canadians must feel so proud (sarc)

This just turns my stomach....


5 posted on 12/22/2006 8:25:35 PM PST by Kimmers (It's not what you take when you leave this world behind,i t's what you leave behind when you go)
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To: Lorianne
The report was issued by the Bangkok-based organization

Thailand?

6 posted on 12/22/2006 8:25:48 PM PST by ClearCase_guy (The broken wall, the burning roof and tower. And Agamemnon dead.)
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To: Lorianne

Brings to mind that Dateline expose of men picking up underage girls from chatroom emails.


7 posted on 12/22/2006 8:27:15 PM PST by Ciexyz (I highly recommend "Apocalypto" - raves, raves, raves.)
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To: ClearCase_guy

Gotta love Canada for how they protect their children..


8 posted on 12/22/2006 8:27:39 PM PST by lndrvr1972
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To: Lorianne

Canada is becoming a regular liberal paradise. Wonder what the conservative government is going to do about this?


9 posted on 12/22/2006 8:28:45 PM PST by popdonnelly
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To: popdonnelly

They (the Conservatives) are working on it.

You can't undo damn near 12 years of uninterrupted, corrupt, amoral LIEberal rule in just one year.

I think that all things considered, Stephen Harper's government is making splendid progress.


10 posted on 12/22/2006 8:33:30 PM PST by mkjessup (The Shah doesn't look so bad now, eh? But nooo, Jimmah said the Ayatollah was a 'godly' man.)
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To: Lorianne

It is a good assumption that whatever the law and social policy, it will somehow involve:

- Taxing more of peoples' paychecks

- Summarily revoking basic, God-given rights


11 posted on 12/22/2006 8:33:59 PM PST by SteveMcKing
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To: LdSentinal
Well, now we know why Bill Clinton visits Candaa often.

Isn't Canada home of the beaver?

12 posted on 12/22/2006 8:37:41 PM PST by period end of story (Merry Christmas.)
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To: Lorianne

What a shame. What a sick world we live in. And getting sicker every day.


13 posted on 12/22/2006 8:41:21 PM PST by my_pointy_head_is_sharp
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To: LdSentinal

http://www.actwin.com/eatonohio/gay/consent.htm

I can see him going north to shave a few yers- it's 16 in Arkansas but 17 in his new "home" of N'yawk.


14 posted on 12/22/2006 8:41:31 PM PST by DBrow
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To: Lorianne
"Americans coming here and taking advantage of our children"

Oh, where would Canadians be without their smug condescension to Americans? I'm sure when Old Mr. Mapleleaf offers Little Pretty Paula a piece of candy he just wants to see her smile.


15 posted on 12/22/2006 8:46:30 PM PST by I see my hands (_8(|)
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To: fanfan; GMMAC

Ping.

Is the Senate holding the bill up or is there just not enough support from the opposition parties in Parliament. It would make the Liberals look foolish if the government fell over raising the age of consent.


16 posted on 12/22/2006 8:49:48 PM PST by conservative in nyc
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To: period end of story

In Canadian, that's pronounced 'Stronach'.


17 posted on 12/22/2006 8:53:37 PM PST by PzLdr ("The Emperor is not as forgiving as I am" - Darth Vader)
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To: Lorianne

Will likely ping this out tomorrow. I was planning on only pinging out good news for the next few days in honor of Jesus' birthday, but this one should go out.


18 posted on 12/22/2006 9:10:23 PM PST by little jeremiah (Only those who thirst for truth can know truth.)
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To: PzLdr
So now we know what she does best?


19 posted on 12/22/2006 9:12:46 PM PST by period end of story (Merry Christmas.)
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To: period end of story

Sex addict morality strikes again.


20 posted on 12/22/2006 9:49:12 PM PST by Joseph DeMaistre (There's no such thing as relativism, only dogmatism of a different color)
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To: popdonnelly

If nothing else, it draws all the pedophiles and child molester north. Perhaps this will cause them to rethink their “no death penalty” laws.

Don’t get me wrong … I hate and despise (and given licenses), I would kill anybody that would molest a child, however, if all these perverts would move to US lite, I would be much happier.


21 posted on 12/22/2006 9:54:54 PM PST by doc1019
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To: Lorianne

"newly released report says that the age of consent for vaginal sex in Canada – currently set at 14"

Well as long as they just mean the vaginas and not 14 year old females I guess that is ok. But how on earth does one store such things and wouldn't they be, well kind of yucky no matter what ?


22 posted on 12/22/2006 10:35:11 PM PST by lastchance (Hug your babies.)
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To: Lorianne

A few years ago while on a vacation on Victoria island, I saw many young teens prostituting themselves around the downtown area with the police completely ignoring them.


23 posted on 12/22/2006 10:57:15 PM PST by Proud_USA_Republican (We're going to take things away from you on behalf of the common good. - Hillary Clinton)
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To: Lorianne
This is so interesting, I remember a case where a 31 year old woman "raped" a 14 year old boy. It was made out to be just the most hilarious thing. " I remember quotes of, " boobies". "yeah and.. like he would know what to do."

But with girls you might want to bring gallows with you. Comments, of 'Gotta love Canada for how they protect their children..', 'What a shame. What a sick world we live in. And getting sicker every day.'If nothing else, it draws all the pedophiles and child molester north. Perhaps this will cause them to rethink their “no death penalty” laws. Don’t get me wrong … I hate and despise (and given licenses), I would kill anybody that would molest a child, however, if all these perverts would move to US lite, I would be much happier.

This is all great to hear, but come on be honest. If this was a law to "protect 14 year old boys", your attitude would change. Just admit it, don't be ashamed, just be honest.

Boys and girls are treated different, 14 is ok for one, but not the other. Even though a 14 year old girl is considered more mature than a 14 year old male in almost every aspect of studied sociology? The girls are the ones needing protection for consent.

24 posted on 12/22/2006 11:09:25 PM PST by snodog
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To: Lorianne
The federal government’s proposal to raise the age of consent in Canada from 14 to 16 was vocally opposed by homosexual advocacy groups who accused the government of attacking the sexual freedoms of young people.

But homosexuals say they are born that way, and get outraged when we say they are recruiting.
25 posted on 12/22/2006 11:15:10 PM PST by kenth (I wish compassionate conservatives were more compassionate to conservatism.)
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To: period end of story

She looks much to old for willie our ex bj president.


26 posted on 12/23/2006 1:56:50 AM PST by chiefqc
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To: snodog

"...If this was a law to "protect 14 year old boys", your attitude would change. Just admit it,..."

There are some who believe that there is a difference between boys and girls. It has been said that boys are the sexual aggressors of the species, and that it is not traumatic for a 14 year old boy to have sex with an older female. Many believe that this isn't the case with 14 year old girls, and older men. I guess you're not one of those.


27 posted on 12/23/2006 2:21:58 AM PST by jim35 ("...when the lion and the lamb lie down together, ...we'd better damn sure be the lion")
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To: Lorianne

Good heavens. I am speechless.


28 posted on 12/23/2006 2:26:12 AM PST by tioga ( Merry Christmas)
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To: Lorianne
The Gay Lobby won't dissociate itself from pedophiles...more evidence that their opposition to raising Canada's age of consent has nothing whatsoever to do with protecting children. A child, as opposed to an adult, has no business having sex, period. And there is no reason for an adult to want to have sex with a child. If we believe in moral absolute as a principle, the least we can do is set the age of consent at 16. 18 would be more logical.

"Show me just what Mohammed brought that was new, and there you will find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached." - Manuel II Palelologus

29 posted on 12/23/2006 2:33:49 AM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives On In My Heart Forever)
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To: Lorianne

Oh, no! We're going to be losing a lot of teachers, too! Not just politicians.




30 posted on 12/23/2006 3:36:03 AM PST by Right Wing Assault ("..this administration is planning a 'Right Wing Assault' on values and ideals.." - John Kerry)
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To: doc1019

Since you would kill anyone who would molest a child and there are numerous molestations a year, how many have you killed so far?


31 posted on 12/23/2006 3:40:36 AM PST by carolinalivin
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To: Lorianne

I'm going to give the Canadians the benefit of the doubt here and suggest that maybe the age got lowered in the first place to prevent this scenario:

Two 15-year-olds have sex and the boy is labeled a sex criminal for the rest of his life.

If that was their intent, to stop that from happening, I can understand it.

But if that's the case, they could have fine-tuned the law and talked about age DIFFERENCE when one partner is below a certain age... anything to prevent "sixty year olds having sex with fourteen year olds". That IS disgusting.


33 posted on 12/23/2006 4:07:30 AM PST by samtheman (The Democrats are the DhimmiGods of the New Religion of PC)
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To: goldstategop

Didn't you notice the age for homosexual consent is already 18 in Canada but its only 14 for heterosexuals? And you're only worried about homosexual "recruiting"? Give me a break.


34 posted on 12/23/2006 4:09:27 AM PST by newzjunkey (Duncan Hunter 2008. Veteran. Conservative. Anti-Illegal.)
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To: jim35
There are some who believe that there is a difference between boys and girls. It has been said that boys are the sexual aggressors of the species, and that it is not traumatic for a 14 year old boy to have sex with an older female. Many believe that this isn't the case with 14 year old girls, and older men. I guess you're not one of those.

Such bigoted stands are completely adverse to any notion of "equal protection."

35 posted on 12/23/2006 4:20:12 AM PST by newzjunkey (Duncan Hunter 2008. Veteran. Conservative. Anti-Illegal.)
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To: LdSentinal
Well, now we know why Bill Clinton visits Candaa often.

Looking for Jodie Foster?

36 posted on 12/23/2006 5:25:23 AM PST by Pearls Before Swine (Is /sarc really needed?)
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To: newzjunkey

You wrote "Such bigoted stands are completely adverse to any notion of "equal protection.""

Please tell us that this is the result of too much hemoglobin in your caffeine stream. ;-)

Jim35 posted a succinct summary of fact and you call him a bigot? May I ask on what basis?

As for "equal protection", are you aware thatto treat the different the same is a refined form of cruelty/sadism?

Just wondering.


37 posted on 12/23/2006 5:44:58 AM PST by GladesGuru (In a society predicated upon Liberty, it is essential to examine principles, - -)
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To: jim35

"Not traumatic" and "not harmful" are not the same thing, you know.


38 posted on 12/23/2006 5:53:59 AM PST by Republican Wildcat
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To: Republican Wildcat

"vaginal sex" - is there any other kind?


39 posted on 12/23/2006 6:08:52 AM PST by August West (To each according to his ability, from each according to his need...)
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To: mkjessup

So now the media is calling sex with anyone under the age of consent "pedophilia"? They're such idiots. A pedophile is interested in pre-pubescent children, NOT adolescents. I know it's nit-picky, but it irks me how sloppy journalists have become.


40 posted on 12/23/2006 6:20:18 AM PST by IrishRainy (The only way BJ Clinton would have nailed bin Laden is if Ossama had been a White House intern.)
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To: Ciexyz
Brings to mind that Dateline expose of men picking up underage girls
from chatroom emails.


Some enterprising Canadian liberal that watched those DatelineNBC
episodes might get the idea to lower that age just one more year to
age 13 in order to create a huge economic boom in Canada.

Enough of those guys will drive a hundred miles or more hoping to
meet a 13-year old...they'd probably be happy to drive a couple hours
to the airport and fly to Canada for a legal pedophile sex-holiday.

Of course, they might be in for a shock when they get back to the
USA; I think there's maybe federal law that nails guys who
go off to countries like Thailand for pedophile adventures.
41 posted on 12/23/2006 6:31:43 AM PST by VOA
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To: Lorianne

Has Scott Ritter moved to Canada?


42 posted on 12/23/2006 6:34:15 AM PST by Rb ver. 2.0
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To: Lorianne
report says that the age of consent for vaginal sex in Canada – currently set at 14

I have raised six children, the last one being a 15 year old boy.

He is a good looking kid who has girls call him all the time, at all hours of the night, knocking on our door, basically bugging the heck out of him.

He has girls literally throw themselves at him.

I have to monitor his AIM because the girls are out of control. More than once I have called a girls parents and sent them the text of their daughters AIM. Some of it is highly sexualized.

My point is, at least in todays world, almost all the girls my kid meets are one step away from being sluts.

Giving them the approval of consent at 14 is a very bad idea.

"Hey, dad, I'm legal, don't bug me about having sex"

"I know honey, but you are also pregnant"

43 posted on 12/23/2006 6:44:39 AM PST by Popman ("What I was doing wasn't living, it was dying. I really think God had better plans for me.")
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To: mkjessup
Stephen Harper's government is making splendid progress.

One aspect of making progress is just getting the word out about how badly the old policies have failed, and the harm they are currently causing. From this article, it sounds like they're doing pretty well at that.

On another note, while I think the sexual exploitation of a child is horrendous, how in the world is it legal for the US government to prosecute me for an act committed off its soil? I understand that if I committed treason, they should be able to prosecute me if I come to the US (although since no media or political figures who have committed treason have been prosecuted, I'm not even remotely worried about that).

I just don't get how something like having sex with someone legally in another country is prosecutable here. How about if I bought and fired a machine gun in Switzerland and then came back to New York (without the gun, of course)? Can they prosecute me? I mean I know the analogy is somewhat weak, but do you see my point? Where do we draw the line here?

44 posted on 12/23/2006 6:46:40 AM PST by Hardastarboard (Hey! What happened to my tagline?)
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To: carolinalivin

When you learn to read … “(and given licenses)” … get back to me!


45 posted on 12/23/2006 8:20:12 AM PST by doc1019
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To: Hardastarboard
On another note, while I think the sexual exploitation of a child is horrendous, how in the world is it legal for the US government to prosecute me for an act committed off its soil? I understand that if I committed treason, they should be able to prosecute me if I come to the US (although since no media or political figures who have committed treason have been prosecuted, I'm not even remotely worried about that). I just don't get how something like having sex with someone legally in another country is prosecutable here. How about if I bought and fired a machine gun in Switzerland and then came back to New York (without the gun, of course)? Can they prosecute me? I mean I know the analogy is somewhat weak, but do you see my point? Where do we draw the line here?

Oh I absolutely see your point and I agree with you on the basis of the United States Government has NO jurisdiction over individuals who are NOT on U.S. soil.

But having said that, the United States Government is unique in that they tax their citizens on income which is NOT earned within the United States, or from a U.S. employer. That means that Americans in that situation (living and working overseas) get taxed TWICE, once by the country they are resident in, and then again by the Infernal Revenue Service.

It is quite the quandry, to put it mildly.
46 posted on 12/23/2006 9:53:43 AM PST by mkjessup (The Shah doesn't look so bad now, eh? But nooo, Jimmah said the Ayatollah was a 'godly' man.)
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To: doc1019

read? minds or english?


47 posted on 12/23/2006 1:37:57 PM PST by carolinalivin
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To: jim35
There are some who believe that there is a difference between boys and girls. It has been said that boys are the sexual aggressors of the species, and that it is not traumatic for a 14 year old boy to have sex with an older female. Many believe that this isn't the case with 14 year old girls, and older men. I guess you're not one of those.

I believe that the law is written to serve a purpose, and that is to protect children. If it is deemed that a fourteen year old is a child then that should apply to either gender. If society disagrees then the law needs to be changed. But I am sure you can see how that could cause problems, are they equal adults at 18, or should there be seperate laws until the girls reach age 21 and boys 18? What about driving, 16 years for boys, and 18 for girls?

I have been told for years that girls reach mental maturity well befor boys, so should we actually have an inverse set of laws? Where girls are allowed to vote at say 16, but not allowed to consent until 18. While boys are allowed to consent at 14, but be prohibited from voting until 18 or 21?

48 posted on 12/24/2006 12:47:11 AM PST by snodog
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