Girls as young as 13 are recruited into the sex trade by human traffickers that exploit their vulnerability. Most are Indigenous. The pimps and traffickers, who expect their victims to work everyday, rake in an average of $280,000/year per victim. The girls and women, who usually have no access to family and friends and fear harm from their traffickers, are trapped.
The pandemic has reduced their escape options even more.
"More safe houses are needed where victims can go to escape. There were many times when I wished I had somewhere to go." Sex trade survivor, Regina.
Hope Restored Canada is part of the solution.
Hope Restored has an 8 bed safe house in Saskatoon for women and girls wanting to exit the sex trade. Our home provides support, hope and most importantly, that "safe place to go." In just one year, the program has a graduate who is leaving to further her education. The remaining women are working hard to recover from their years of exploitation, through individual and group counseling.
Currently we need $400,000 per year to be fully operational. With YOUR help, 100% of our focus can be on the holistic restoration program.
"It was hard to come to the house. It took me 8 hours in the hotel room talking to the cops and HRC program director. Even just to say yes to visiting the house, took me 8 hours to decide. If there had been no house, I wouldn't be here. It made such a difference." Program participant, Saskatoon
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