A Coquitlam charity is asking teachers, teens and parents to avoid overly sexy costumes for Halloween.
"Dressing up as a 'pimp' or 'ho' glamorizes the sexual exploitation of children and youth, which is a form of abuse and modern day slavery," states a letter from Coquitlam-based Children of the Street Society.
In the letter, executive director Diane Sowden says people should step up and be socially responsible for their Halloween costume choices.
People have shown their support on the group's Facebook page.
"I have been shocked at what is becoming the norms for girls' costumes (e.g. sexy nurse, [naughty] school girl, playboy bunnies, hookers, etc. over the last 10 years," wrote Sherry Cozma. "For years I dressed in 'non-sexy' costumes to give my female students at high school (and now at elementary) another role model."
The group's letter was written a day after a B.C. teen was found dead in Coquitlam. Amanda Todd, 15, had suffered years of bullying after she was convinced to flash a stranger through a webcam. That photo was later distributed anonymously online.
Children of the Street Society works to prevent sexual exploitation of children and youth.
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