EDMONTON — Critics say a satirical sex-traffic awareness campaign, that issued a fake callout for children to become sex workers, backfired.
But the organization behind the campaign is calling it a success.
Posters by Edmonton’s Chrysalis Human Trafficking Network, read: “Now recruiting: Child sex workers.” The small print — “Start a rewarding career at sexwork4u.com” — drove many to call and tweet their disdain, and attracted police response from as far away as Winnipeg.
The Twitter feed was ultimately shut down.
“It was inappropriate in the sense that it left you hanging,” said Mark Cherrington, an Edmonton youth court worker. “There was nothing to clarify, there was no context.”
Jacqueline Linder, executive director of Chrysalis, said that was the point.
“It looked real and it was meant to look real,” said Linder, adding the fake site received thousands of hits in the two days it was up, sparking conversation about the sexual exploitation of children.