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 [...]
We were honoured to host two recent Ontario government announcements that will support our youth. The Province announced plans to prevent youth 16 to 17, struggling in difficult family situations, from becoming homeless by raising the age of protection. They also pledged to better serve young victims of sex trafficking through a number of initiatives.
Amy came from a quiet, middle-class neighbourhood, and she did well in school and gymnastics. But her parents fought constantly and they were both very critical of her. When she didn’t feel ignored in the chaos, she felt there was nothing she could do to please them.
Young women moving into Covenant House’s new transitional housing program for survivors of sex trafficking and exploitation will find a special welcome. Brightly coloured, hand-made quilts will cover their beds thanks to students at Havergal College, a private downtown girls’ school, who have taken up the cause of supporting the new residents.
We applaud the Province’s recent announcement of a coordinated and comprehensive anti-trafficking plan. This is a necessary first step towards combatting this heinous crime that primarily victimizes young girls and women. The new plan was unveiled in a media event held at Covenant House. Over the past three decades as the country’s largest homeless youth [...]