Thank you for your interest in Children of the Street. Media coverage is critical to educating the public on the issue of child/youth sexual exploitation and trafficking, raising awareness and promoting our vital programs. Please see below for our latest press releases and current news stories, or browse our website for more information about our organization. You may also wish to contact us directly for further information or a potential story angle.

For all media inquiries, please contact Communications & Development Manager,
Jen Graham at 
(604) 218 - 3758


Public Safety Canada announce funding for new online program

Minister of Border Security and Organized Crime Reduction, the Honourable Bill Blair, and MP for Coquitlam/Port Coquitlam, Ron McKinnon announce a $150,000 grant from Public Safety Canada for the development and presentation of new prevention workshops designed to prevent online sexual exploitation of children and youth. 

Former Executive Director, Diane Sowden speaks to CTV following the conviction of a Vancouver man for luring and pimping out minors. The offender was sentenced to 14 years in prison and given a lifetime ban from using the internet. 


“Parents have to realize that this can happen overnight. That’s literally what happened with some of his victims.”

toxic stops here

On March 14, 2019, Children of the Street released our newest awareness campaign. Our campaign invites viewers to learn how to recognize the signs of toxic masculinity, and what they can do to change it. Follow some of the news coverage for this campaign here. 

Sexual exploitation and human trafficking are realities in our society. With the advances in technology information is more readily available to Canadians but so too are the opportunities for vulnerable children and youth to be exploited. Below are a few examples of sexual exploitation and human trafficking in the media:

Federal government commits $57M for national strategy to combat human trafficking​
Here are 15 apps parents should look out for on their kids' phones
Canada spending $22M to combat 'absolute evil' of online child pornography
Instagram Is Great for Models. It’s Also Good for Predators.
Victims of pimp sue disgraced cop Jim Fisher and the VPD​
Human trafficking is pervasive and largely ignored in Canada​
Most creative art from Youth Art Engagement Project​
Boys learning how to be men and not jerks​
Public awareness campaign takes aim at toxic masculinity
​Children of the Street shows the signs of toxic masculinity
Global News Morning BC discuss Toxic Stops Here campaign with Hayden Averill
Society launches 'toxic stops here' ad campaign in local bus shelters
Maple Ridge youth care worker facing sex assault, child porn charges has decades-long history with children
Diane Sowden on the Simi Sara Show - Tireless child advocate retiring after 25 years
Diane Sowden to retire from the society formed in 1995 to prevent child sexual exploitation
Two men in B.C. pimping and human trafficking case get lengthy jail terms
Ex-Vancouver cop Jim Fisher loses jail-term appeal for kissing sex-crime victims
B.C. sex-sting operation based on Ontario’s. How effective are they?
VPD arrest 47 men following crack down on sexual exploitation of teens
Group makes link between Halloween costumes and sexual exploitation
Hayden Averill, Program Coordinator, talks to Global News Morning BC about Redefining Manhood
Children of the Street Society Tackles the Bystander Effect
Social Media Campaign Focuses on "Locker Room" Talk
Tiana Jacquet, Program Director, on Bannon case and why it's so important on CKNW
CTV News interview Diane Sowden on the case of BC convicted pimp Michael Bannon
Diane Sowden interviews after Bannon is sentenced to 14 years for pimping charges
"Lets put an end to this 'LockerRoom' talk" - conversation with Program Coordinator, Ala'a Founouni
Creativity not exploitation in kids Halloween costumes
MLA Linda Reimer speaking about Children of the Street Society
CKNW interview on Uncertain Terms Campaign
Adweek Coverage of Uncertain Terms Campaign
Justice Canada announces funding for Children of the Street Society

Young Men Charged With PimTeens



Sexy Costumes under fire (The Province)

Chilliwack Group Raises Awareness

Children of the Street Society present in Oliver

Sexting Victoria teen to be charged



14th Annual Stop Sexual Exploitation Week

Protect Children from Online Predators

Student starts Crime Prevention Project




Teen daughter lost to drugs inspired Sowden

Sexual Exploitation and Human Trafficking Workshop draws crowd

Online Sexual Exploitation highlighted in awareness week


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