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AWARD HONOURING MEDIA AIDS WORK TO END CHILD SEXUAL EXPLOTATION

Rosalind Prober president and co-founder of Beyond Borders spoke at 2010 Jewish Foundation Luncheon.

October 25, 2010

 Beyond Borders, a non-profit dedicated to fighting child sexual exploitation, will hold its eighth annual Media Awards on November 19, 2010, at the Fort Garry Hotel in Winnipeg.

The ceremony will be hosted by Rick Campanelli (ET Canada) and Danielle Ouimet (Quebec actress).

Rosalind Prober, President and Co-Founder of Beyond  Borders is a passionate advocate for children's rights who spoke at the  2010 Jewish Foundation Luncheon. 

The bilingual awards honour Canadian professional and student journalists and filmmakers for exceptional coverage of child sexual exploitation issues. Thirty nominees are competing in five categories to take home an award.

“When journalists cover this issue it forces Canadians to ask what we need to do as a country to protect children,” says Deborah Zanke, co-chair of the awards. “These awards recognize this valuable role.”

The event will begin with a keynote address, Combating Child Sex Tourism, delivered by Meredith Ralston, an award-winning filmmaker and academic whose development work in the Philippines led to the production of an eye-opening documentary, Selling Sex in Heaven, about sex tourism in that country.

“The scourge of child sex tourism affects countries around the world, especially those that have relatively limited resources to combat it. I believe it is Canada’s responsibility to help those beyond our borders fight this global problem,” says Ralston. 

Franco-Manitoban pop star Daniel ROA and teenaged brother and sister duo Moises and Mimoza Duot (YTV’s The Next Star 2008 semi-finalist and 2010 finalist, respectively), will perform at the awards.

The keynote and ceremony runs from 2-5 p.m., and includes an intermission with cocktails and appetizers. Tickets are $50 each, and $475 for a group of 10. Seating is limited. Registration is available online at beyondborders.org or by calling 779-4780.

Beyond Borders is Canada’s global voice against child sexual exploitation. It is the Canadian representative of ECPAT International (End Child Prostitution, Child Pornography and the Trafficking of Children for Sexual Purposes) operating in 75 countries around the world.Visit beyondborders.org for more information as well as a full list of media awards nominees.

AT JEWISH FOUNDATION LUNCHEON  PROBER CALLS ON MEN TO "MAN UP"

Rosalind Prober began her remarks at the 2010 Jewish Foundation Luncheon by noting that  one in four Canadians “will have or have had their lives, or the lives of their friends and family, tragically altered due to child sexual abuse.”   Often the abuser is a “relative, family friend or those who follow careers that put themselves in a position of trust with their target,” she said.

Prober co-founded Beyond Borders  with children’s rights lawyer Mark  Hecht, to protect children at home or abroad, given the horrific cases we hear on the news “of sex crimes against the vulnerable or of guaranteed to reoffend sexual deviates being automatically released to live among us anonymously.”

Prober is the author of the 1996 “Prober Amendment” to Canada’s child sex tourism legislation in the Criminal Code. The Prober Amendment came about as a result of Prober appearing before  the Federal Justice Committee. The amendment broadened the existing legislation so that all Canadians who sexually abuse children or commit child pornography while in a foreign jurisdiction can be held accountable under the law.

As Prober said, the amendment has “become an effective tool in holding travelling abusers accountable including those who travel with our children and think they will commit this crime with impunity.”

Prober spoke about how the internet and Facebook have become conduits for sexual abusers:

“Galloping technology about which most parents have no clue has given youth the power of instant global connectivity and sexual experimentation. As I speak , impulse driven or crafty hard core pedophiles (mostly men) are firing up their computers to watch child pornography or engage in Internet luring on social networking sites or both…They are often well educated professionals, many married with their own families. They will and do travel miles if sex with a minor becomes a possibility [from one continent to the next]...If children make mistakes, especially teenagers naively looking for a  relationship, ISP’s and…Facebook become conduits to devastating crime. Endeavoring as Beyond Borders does, to get corporations that link children with predators to take action on prevention is exceptionally hard work…”

Prober spoke of online swapping forums that allow “cyber pimping,” and noted that the majority of sexually abused and often violently damaged children are “now under 8 years old.” She added, regarding linking customers with child pornography, “Too much money is being made for a child’s privacy rights to be acknowledged let alone respected. Bank and credit card companies are making a fortune as well off these crimes.”

Prober  described how she unsuccessfully asked  the owner of a very high end boutique store to stop selling T shirts for newborns with  the words LITTLE F***ER  on the front. The shirts “validate dangerous thought processes” that children are sexually not “off limits.”

Prober added that  child sex trafficking around the world takes place “where young girls are sex slaves serving men 24/7”, rarely seeing ‘the light of day.”  She  said it was “good news” that the Canadian Human Rights Museum in Winnipeg was being built and would help  expose this “age old travesty.”

Prober praised lawyer David Matas for joining beyond Borders early on and  for working usually “for not one penny in compensation.” As she said,

“Good luck to David as he now represents Beyond Borders in the British Columbia courts to end polygamy in Canada and the taking of multiple child brides.”

Prober noted that some progress has been made in regard to child sexual abuse legislation. “The age of consent is finally 16,”she said.

Prober thanked the Women’s Endowment Fund of the Jewish Foundation for inviting her to speak back in 2001 about this issue, and noted that she is now on the board of our international organization ECPAT [End Child Prostitution, Child Pornography and Trafficking of Children for Sexual Purposes]  in Bankok Thailand which gives her “a constant birds eye view of groundbreaking reforms around the world and an opportunity to have an impact at the international level.”

Regarding her personal journey from “wimpette to outspoken NGO”, Prober said:

‘There is something about having crime victimization touch yourself, your family and your friends. Add to that, I am married to a criminal lawyer [Jay Prober] and live very well in part due to crime. Add to that, I look at family pictures way back when and it sort of makes me cringe as I see myself as so pathetically naïve.  The reality is the advocacy I do to help protect kids is still pain driven.  I choose to confront those in denial about this crime and remind everyone here today that 2 to 4% of the male population has a sexual interest in children…”

According to Prober, “one of the barriers to eff

 
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