Often described as a modern form of slavery, trafficking is the control and use of threats or violence to exploit another for financial gain. Sex trafficking throughout Canada is a growing issue. Unsuspecting girls are ensnared online, in malls and in school yards. The majority of sex trafficking victims in our country are young, Canadian girls.
In York Region the issue of human trafficking is becoming more prevalent. Human trafficking is a problem that is present in many remote areas of the world and unfortunately now in our own backyard. Over the last few years there has been a heightened awareness of the issues around human trafficking and sexual exploitation in our community. In February 2014, 10 arrests and more than 95 charges were laid after a series of investigations led York Regional Police to over 30 young girls who were forced to work as prostitutes.
In 2014, 360°kids launched a new initiative called the HOPE program as a direct result of an emerging community need. The York Regional Police Guns and Gangs unit reached out to us for help to provide housing options and wraparound supports for female victims of human trafficking in York Region. So we took action!
What we offer survivors:
- 6 bedrooms for female youth 16 – 26
- housing for up to 1 year
- employment and other supports through 360°kids
Our HOPE Program provides transitional housing and wrap-around services for female survivors of human trafficking aged 16-26 in York Region. Our services support the survivors by providing a safe nurturing environment, counselling, medical attention, and self-esteem building tools to promote a healthy transition into independent living.
360˚kids works in partnership with community agencies, the York Region Children’s Aid Society and the York Regional Police.
For more information about the HOPE program and/or to make a referral, please contact 905-475-6694.