The season can be a time to create warm, cherished memories with loved ones. But at The Rogers Home, our transitional housing program for victims of sexual exploitation and trafficking, it can also bring added stress and sadness.
Students are learning about the dangers of luring and sex trafficking from Trafficked, a school presentation for Grades 7 to 12 delivered by our school facilitators throughout the Greater Toronto Area. The presentation was first offered last year and has already been presented to almost 6,000 youth.
Chef John Lee, our new instructor for our culinary arts training program, Cooking for Life, made sure to poach Theresa some eggs. She had never had them poached before. For Chef John, these little moments matter. “If they want to try something, it’s my job to make sure they can,” he says. “In this kitchen, [...]
Sixteen-year-old Shawna was brought to us by police. She accepted their help when she was found in a motel where her boyfriend had been forcing her to sell herself. As we implement our comprehensive, anti-sex-trafficking plan, we are providing more support for young, female victims. Among our new services are two dedicated crisis beds in our [...]
Jonathan, now 22, dropped out of school in his mid-teens. Traumatized by the suicide of his father, he could no longer cope with the demands of high school. He left school and spiraled into homelessness soon afterwards.