Skip to comments.Age of Consent at 14 Makes Canada Favoured Sex Tourism
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 Canadas 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 Canadas 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 governments 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
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Well, now we know why Bill Clinton visits Candaa often.
whats this threasd all a boot?
Why do I suddenly feel like I shouldn't be surprised by this?
Gosh those Canadians must feel so proud (sarc)
This just turns my stomach....
Brings to mind that Dateline expose of men picking up underage girls from chatroom emails.
Gotta love Canada for how they protect their children..
Canada is becoming a regular liberal paradise. Wonder what the conservative government is going to do about this?
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.
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
Isn't Canada home of the beaver?
What a shame. What a sick world we live in. And getting sicker every day.
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.
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.
In Canadian, that's pronounced 'Stronach'.
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.
Sex addict morality strikes again.
If nothing else, it draws all the pedophiles and child molester north. Perhaps this will cause them to rethink their no death penalty laws.
Dont 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.
"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 ?
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.
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. Dont 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.
She looks much to old for willie our ex bj president.
"...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.
Good heavens. I am speechless.
"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
Oh, no! We're going to be losing a lot of teachers, too! Not just politicians.
Since you would kill anyone who would molest a child and there are numerous molestations a year, how many have you killed so far?
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.
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.
Such bigoted stands are completely adverse to any notion of "equal protection."
Looking for Jodie Foster?
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?
"Not traumatic" and "not harmful" are not the same thing, you know.
"vaginal sex" - is there any other kind?
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.
Has Scott Ritter moved to Canada?
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"
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?
When you learn to read (and given licenses) get back to me!
read? minds or english?
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?