Wednesday, January 07, 2004
QUEBEC CITY A Quebec City-area egg marketing company has joined the crusade against teen prostitution.
Acting on a recommendation by his 16-year-old daughter, Daniel Lavoie, director general of Ovale-brand eggs, has added an anti-teen prostitution message to his company’s 18-egg family pack.
Ovale, which supplies one in three supermarkets in Quebec, has stamped the words.” Prostitution juvénile” on 700,000 egg cartons. Over the words is superimposed a red oval with a diagonal red line through it.
Lavoie’s daughter told her father she knows a girl who was entangled in a teen prostitution ring, suggesting the egg-carton message so families would talk about the issue.
“It is a very, very hot issue here,” Lavoie said, referring to the highly-publicized arrest of pimps and customers of teen prostitutes that has been the talk of the town for more than a year.
“I thought it was a good idea,” Lavoie.