What’s Current: In Winnipeg, girls as young as 9 are being lured into the sex trade

Bridget Perrier at a talk in Winnipeg, June 6. (Image: Austin Grabish/For Metro News)
Bridget Perrier at a talk in Winnipeg, June 6. (Image: Austin Grabish/For Metro News)

A forum in Winnipeg on Monday night, featuring Bridget Perrier, Gunilla Ekberg, and Diane Redsky, reveals that girls as young as nine are being bought and sold on Winnipeg streets and in shopping malls for sex. Redsky says, “Sex-trafficking in Canada is not getting any better and in fact, it’s getting worse.”

Aaron Persky, the judge who sentenced Stanford rapist Brock Turner to six months in county jail, starts a new six-year term.

Right before giving Turner a minimal sentence, Persky presided over a domestic violence case where the abuser was given “like a weekend or two in jail.” The victim had been beaten so badly that she was unrecognizable, but Persky was worried that the perpetrator might not be able to make it to work on Monday.

On the bright side, Turner’s been banned from USA Swimming, the governing body for professional swimming in the United States, for life. Jezebel reports:

“The ban against Turner, who was slated to be a future Olympian for the U.S. national team, also disallows him from participating in future Olympic trials.”

A USA Swimming spokesperson told USA Today:

“USA Swimming strictly prohibits and has zero tolerance for sexual misconduct, with firm Code of Conduct policies in place, and severe penalties, including a permanent ban of membership, for those who violate our Code of Conduct.”

On Sunday, a 15-year-old in Wesley Chapel, Florida, committed suicide after her “friends” recorded a Snapchat video of her in the shower.

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  • Hannah

    That poor girl 🙁 I never thought about it but I’ve always considered myself somewhat paranoid about these things. In high school, I changed in the showers behind a curtain and I often look up to see if anyone is there when using public bathrooms. I always thought I was just somewhat paranoid but I suppose a big part of it is just growing up as a girl in this world. The consequenses of what other people can do to you (for gods sake!!) can be so bad 🙁 what a sick world we live in.

    • therealcie

      I always refused to use the showers in the school gym. As a sixth grader, when we went to a week-long Outdoor Lab camp, I showered in my bathing suit. I was very self-conscious and paranoid about other people seeing my body and ridiculing me. This was well before the Internet, but I had been badly bullied all through school, and it stuck with me.
      It’s too bad that people’s response to the video of this girl showering wasn’t to first of all say “so what, people shower, and they usually do so naked” and second of all to report whoever showed them the video. If this was the way people reacted, such tragedies would be prevented. Unfortunately, girls still get labeled “sluts” for doing everyday things like showering and having bodies, and such labels are devastating.

      • TheArtistFormerlyKnownAsYoya

        I’m 37 and I still shower in my bathing suit at the pool. I still wrap my towel strategically so nobody can see my bits when I change. I’ve never been comfortable getting naked in front of anyone but an intimate partner or possibly a doctor.

  • TheArtistFormerlyKnownAsYoya

    Being a prostitute is not a crime in Canada. We have the Nordic model here. Regardless of age you would not be arrested.

  • Tangelo

    In general, a child under 18 can not be arrested in Canada for being commercially sexually exploited or crimes related to her sexual exploitation. A child under 18 could be arrested for crimes related to activities akin to pimping another person or purchasing sex.

  • Hannah

    I forgot that I used to turn over pictures of people before changing too! It’s almost like we’re traumatized by eyes themselves the way men use theirs, isn’t it? Ugh.

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  • Wren

    “I think these “mental illnesses” people are diagnosed with, particularly women, have far more to do with our patriarchal society and experiences that come with that, as opposed to just having brains that are “wired wrong.”

    Yes!!!! But if that truth is acknowledged, whose gonna take all the psychotropic meds and make the drug companies rich???

    • Rachel

      Bingo!