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.
Thanks to the tremendous support of people like you who care about our youth, we recently delivered a petition with over 18,000 signatures to the Prime Minister calling for a national hotline to help victims of sex trafficking.
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.