Sex trafficking is a serious issue that is happening in plain sight in our communities…if you know how to look for it. Hotel staff are often working on the frontlines where many young girls are being trafficked, but they do not always recognize it.
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.
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.