The United States Senate designated January 11 as National Human Trafficking Awareness Day in 2007. Men, women, and children are sold into a $150 billion annual market for sex and labor. This is happening globally, nationally and locally; in hotels, restaurants, and on street corners. Slavery is wrapped up in almost every industry’s supply chain, tainting the food we eat, the clothes we buy, and the electronics we love. Human trafficking is a form of modern-day slavery and involves the movement of people by means of violence, deception or coercion for the purpose of forced labor, servitude, or slavery-like practices. It is a market-based economy that exists on principles of supply and demand. It thrives due to conditions, which allow for high profits to be generated at low risk. ITVAP Service Partners have served over 700 trafficked, sexually exploited, and high-risk youth from October 2015 to December 2018.
YSB's Street Outreach team was contacted by a woman who was concerned about two teenage girls she and a co-worker saw changing their clothes in a parking lot.
This woman approached the young ladies and asked if they would be open to accepting some help. The girls agreed, and accepted water, school supplies and some clothing. The woman also asked them if they'd be willing to meet with someone from YSB because the organization had resources to potentially help. The girls agreed.
The Street Outreach team sat with the girls for about half an hour – telling them about YSB and specifically about Safe Station. The girls shared with them that they were homeless. How this came to be is not yet known, but they agreed to go to YSB's Safe Station shelter.
These two girls are currently attending a local area high school. They had not disclosed to their teachers, or school staff about their situation.
Both girls had been kicked out of their homes. One was still a minor. And the other had just turned 18.
Monthly donations to YSB have a great impact not only for ensuring the safety and stability of teens, but also in developing a stronger next generation, for this community. Consider making an impact today.
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