Sex trafficking, the most common type of human trafficking in Canada, is largely domestic crime. Nearly 90% of victims are female as young as 13, and on average 17.
Toronto has been identified as a trafficking hub in Canada and city police estimate the number of victims may be in the thousands.
The “Just Like A Girl You Know” campaign aims to raise $10-million to help Covenant House fund its new, comprehensive anti-sex trafficking plan over the next five years.
The ambitious plan includes measures ranging from prevention to enhanced victim services, including the agency’s new transitional housing program. It also includes a research and evaluation component and the creation of online resources.
While homeless youth are at a high risk of being trafficking, unsuspecting young women and girls are being lured from malls, school yards and online. They are “just like a girl you know.” Covenant House has helped thousands of sexually exploited and trafficked victims over the past 35 years.
About Covenant House Toronto
As Canada’s largest homeless youth agency, Covenant House Toronto changes the lives of at risk, homeless and trafficked youth. The agency provides the widest range of services under one roof. Every day, as many as 250 youth rely on its support.
More than a place to stay, Covenant House provides 24/7 crisis shelter and transitional housing onsite and in the community. They also provide comprehensive services including education, counselling, health care, employment assistance, job training and aftercare.
For more information, please visit https://www.covenanthouse.ca.