Report Types

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  • Possession, Manufacture, Distribution and Accessing of Child Pornography

    Under the Criminal Code, any of the following amount to child pornography (child abuse) material:

    (a) A photographic, film, video or other visual representation, whether or not it was made by electronic or mechanical means,

    i. that shows a person who is or is depicted as being under the age of eighteen years and is engaged in or is depicted as engaged in explicit sexual activity, or
    ii. the dominant characteristic of which is the depiction, for a sexual purpose, of a sexual organ or the anal region of a person under the age of eighteen years;

    (b) Any written material, visual representation or audio recording that advocates or counsels sexual activity with a person under the age of eighteen years that would be an offence under this Act;

    (c) Any written material whose dominant characteristic is the description, for a sexual purpose, of sexual activity with a person under the age of eighteen years that would be an offence under this Act; or

    (d) Any audio recording that has as its dominant characteristic the description, presentation or representation, for a sexual purpose, of sexual activity with a person under the age of eighteen years that would be an offence under this Act.

    Under the Criminal Code (Canada), it is illegal to:

    • Make child pornography (includes make, print, publish, possess for the purpose of publication)
    • Distribute child pornography (includes transmit, make available, distribute, sell, advertise, import, export or possess for the purpose of transmission, making available, distribution, sale, advertising or exportation)
    • Possess child pornography
    • Access child pornography
  • Luring

    A person commits the luring offence who, by means of telecommunication, communicates with:

    1. A person who is, or who the accused believes is, under the age of 18 years for the purpose of facilitating the commission of an offence of sexual exploitation, incest, making child pornography, distributing child pornography, possession of child pornography, accessing child pornography, parent or guardian procuring sexual activity or householder permitting sexual activity or procuring, living on the avails of prostitution of a person under eighteen, aggravated offence in relation to living on the avails of prostitution of a person under the age of eighteen years or prostitution of person under 18;

    2. A person who is, or who the accused believes is, under the age of 16 years for the purpose of facilitating the commission of an offence of sexual interference or invitation to sexual touching, bestiality in the presence of or by a child or indecent act - exposure or sexual assault, sexual assault with a weapon, threats to a third party, or causing bodily harm, aggravated sexual assault or abduction of a person under 16 with respect to that person; or

    3. With someone they believe to be under 14 years of age to facilitate committing an offence of abduction of a person under 14 with respect to that person.

  • Child Sex-Tourism

    Sex tourism or, more specifically, traveling to a foreign country to engage in sexual activity with a child, has become a well-developed component of the commercial-sexual exploitation of children. It is an offence under the Criminal Code for a Canadian to engage in this activity. A person can be tried for this offence upon return to Canada. The offender will be treated as if the incident occurred on Canadian soil, and the penalties will be the same as if the offences had occurred in Canada.

  • Child Prostitution

    The Criminal Code contains several offences in relation to child prostitution:

    1. Soliciting: Purchasing or offering to purchase sexual services from a person under 18 years of age. The purchase need not be for cash - the sexual services may be purchased with anything (e.g. drugs, food, the promise of a ride home, etc.)

    2. Procuring: Encouraging or forcing a person under 18 years of age to become a prostitute (selling the sexual services of - holding out for sale - procuring in s.170 means providing a child for sexual services)

    3. Living on Avails (Pimping): Obtaining income by requiring a person under 18 years of age to surrender all or part of the earnings made through prostitution. The maximum penalty for this offence is 10 years incarceration.

  • Child Trafficking

    Any person who recruits, transports, transfers, receives, holds, conceals, or harbours a child, or exercises control, direction or influence over the movements of a child, for the purpose of exploiting them or facilitating their exploitation is engaging in the act of child trafficking. It is an offence under the Criminal Code of Canada to engage in this activity. Child trafficking can occur within Canada (i.e. recruiting children from one Canadian city to another Canadian city for the purpose of exploiting them) or involve other countries (i.e. transporting a child from Russia to Canada for the purpose of exploiting them).

  • Making Sexually Explicit Material Available to a Child

    A person commits this offence if they transmit, make available, distribute or sell sexually explicit material to

    a. A person who is, or who the accused believes is, under the age of 18 years, for the purpose of facilitating the commission of an offence of sexual exploitation, incest, making child pornography, distributing child pornography, accessing child pornography, possession of child pornography, parent or guardian procuring sexual activity or householder permitting sexual activity or procuring, living on the avails of prostitution of a person under eighteen, aggravated offence in relation to living on the avails of prostitution of a person under the age of eighteen years, or prostitution of a person under eighteen with respect to that person;

    b. A person who is, or who the accused believes is, under the age of 16 years, for the purpose of facilitating the commission of an offence of sexual interference or invitation to sexual touching, bestiality in the presence of or by a child or indecent act - exposure or sexual assault, sexual assault with a weapon, threats to a third party or causing bodily harm, aggravated sexual assault or abduction of a person under 16 with respect to that person; or

    c. A person who is, or who the accused believes is, under the age of 14 years, for the purpose of facilitating the commission of an offence of abduction of a person under 14 with respect to that person.

    Sexually explicit material is defined as:

    Material that is not child pornography, and that is

    a. A photographic, film, video or other visual representation, whether or not it was made by electronic or mechanical means,

    i. That shows a person who is engaged or is depicted as engaged in explicit sexual activity, or
    ii. The dominant characteristic of which is the depiction, for a sexual purpose, of a person’s genital organs or anal region or, if the person is female, her breasts;

    b. Written material whose dominant characteristic is the description, for a sexual purpose, of explicit sexual activity with a person; or

    c. An audio recording whose dominant characteristic is the description, presentation or representation, for a sexual purpose, of explicit sexual activity with a person.

  • Agreement or Arrangement with another Person to Commit a Sexual Offence against a Child

    A person commits this offence if they, by means of telecommunication, agrees with a person, or makes an arrangement with a person, to commit an offence

    a. Of sexual exploitation, incest, making child pornography, distribution of child pornography, possession of child pornography, accessing child pornography, parent or guardian procuring sexual activity or householder permitting sexual activity, or procuring, living on the avails of prostitution of a person under eighteen, aggravated offence in relation to living on the avails of prostitution of a person under the age of eighteen years, or prostitution of a person under eighteen with respect to another person who is, or who the accused believes is, under the age of 18 years;

    b. Of sexual interference or invitation to sexual touching, bestiality in the presence of or by a child or indecent act - exposure or sexual assault, sexual assault with a weapon, threats to a third party or causing bodily harm, aggravated sexual assault or abduction of a person under 16 with respect to another person who is, or who the accused believes is, under the age of 16 years; or

    c. Of abduction of person under fourteen with respect to another person who is, or who the accused believes is, under the age of 14 years.