Report a crime

It’s important to report any information you have regarding child sexual exploitation, even if you don’t have every detail.

Duty to report

If you suspect that a child or youth has been or is likely to be sexually exploited it must be reported to a child welfare worker. A child in British Columbia is defined under the Child, Family, and Community Service Act (CFCSA) as anyone under the age of 19. A report should be made even if you don’t have all the details and information or if you think someone else has already reported the incident.

According to the CFCSA, a child needs protection under the following circumstances relating to sexual exploitation:

  • A child has been, or is likely to be, physically harmed, sexually abused or sexually exploited by the child’s parent
  • A child has been, or is likely to be, physically harmed, sexually abused or sexually exploited by another person and if the child’s parent is unwilling to or unable to protect the child

Source: Child, Family and Community Service Act

Report a crime anonymously to Crime Stoppers

All too often, concerns about an online predator go unreported because people with information fear reprisal or are reluctant to get involved. This makes us all less safe.

Crime Stoppers offers total anonymity when you provide information about a criminal event.

When you contact Crime Stoppers, you are guaranteed that you will not have to give your name, be identified or have to testify in court. There is no call display. All online communication is encrypted so that your anonymity is protected. Crime Stoppers only wants information, not your identity. You remain anonymous—predators don’t.

If you have information about an online predator contact Crime Stoppers in one of the following ways to provide an anonymous tip:

  • Call 222-8477
  • Provide a secure anonymous tip online at www.solvecrime.ca
  • Text a tip with keyword “BCTIP” and your information to 274637 (the numerical translation of the word "CRIMES").

Remember: if you see something, say something.

Report a crime to a child welfare worker

Contact your local Ministry of Children and Family Development, listed in the blue pages of the phone book or online at www.mcf.gov.bc.ca/regions/regional_offices.htm.

contact:

  • Any community in BC: 663-9122 
  • Helpline for Children in BC: 310-1234 (no area code needed); lines open 24/7

BC Handbook for Action on Child Abuse and Neglect
www.mcf.gov.bc.ca/child_protection/pdf/handbook_action_child_abuse.pdf

Report online sexual abuse of children to Cybertip

658-9022 or www.cybertip.ca
Cybertip is Canada’s national tipline for reporting the online sexual abuse of children, operated by the Canadian Centre for Child Protection. Cybertip accepts and addresses online and telephone reports from the public regarding:

  • child abuse images
  • online luring
  • child exploitation through prostitution
  • travelling to sexually exploit children

Reports can be made online at www.cybertip.ca or by calling 1 866-658-9022.


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