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



On any given day, 750,000 individuals are online looking to connect with children for sexual purposes. While many Canadian parents have concerns about their child's safety online, less than half are actually safeguarding their kids against online sexual exploitation. Our latest campaign (HaveTheTalk, 2022, created by Will Creative) urges parents and caregivers to have these difficult conversations, before it's too late. The campaign page provides them with practical tools to do so.


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help Kids stay safe during COVID-19

Due to the COVID-19 health crisis, kids are spending more time online then ever. To help them navigate these difficult times, we encourage caregivers to talk to your child about online risks and safety.


diane sowden invested with the order of canada

In December 2021, Children of the Street's co-founder and former Executive Director, Diane Sowden, was invested with the Order of Canada, one of our country’s highest civilian honours, "For her leadership in raising awareness of and preventing the sexual exploitation and human trafficking of children and youth." See the announcement 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:


My teen is sharing intimate photos of herself online — what do I do? Stay calm, says Coquitlam group

How to talk to your kids about online sexual exploitation


Child advocate Diane Sowden among Order of Canada honourees

Former Coquitlam school trustee to be invested with Order of Canada

Program Facilitator, Courtney Liem, talks about youth online safety on the Social Justice Canada Network podcast

Port Moody cops get funds to combat online child exploitation as B.C. reports rise in luring, grooming

Dangerously Cute campaign on Fairchild TV

Children of the Street’s cute characters expose virtual stranger danger

'Be aware,' predators use video game chat to lure kids, Coquitlam parents warned

Online sexual exploitation of children on the rise during pandemic


Learn more about youth sex trafficking with ‘Love Bombing 101’​

Boycott call grows after Port Coquitlam mom finds doll in sexy underwear

Sextortion on the rise in Surrey, parents warned of extra risk during pandemic social distancing

Child luring case a wake-up call to Tri-City parents

Pimps denied bail in case involving trafficking of Tri-Cities teen​
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
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
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
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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