The ProblemSexual exploitation and trafficking are not problems of the past. Vulnerable women and children are being sold for sex across our country every day, both in urban areas and in small towns.
Runaways are solicited for sex within 48 hours of running away from home
Average age a child enters into sex trafficking
Confirmed cases of sex trafficking in Virginia in 2019
Of child trafficking cases begin with some family member involvement
Our ApproachStreet Ransom is empowering the lives of those vulnerable to and affected by sexual exploitation in two strategic ways.
In order to prevent, identify, and report trafficking, people must know what to look for. We educate the public about sexual exploitation and trafficking through prevention education and professional trainings.
There is a major lack of resources for those affected by sexual exploitation in our state and nation. To meet the need in our area, we provide holistic, trauma-informed support that victims and survivors deserve.
Opening in 2021
Street Ransom’s Residential Program for Survivors
Street Ransom is opening Virginia’s only residential program specifically for survivors of sexual exploitation and trafficking under 18 years old. A beautiful property has been purchased, renovated, and furnished in the Greater Roanoke Valley area to provide short term residential care to girls ages 11 to 17.
Since we purchased the property in October of 2016, our goal has been to raise $2 million to cover three years of operating expenses and ensure sustainability. Every year we’ve made progress on the renovations, programming, licensing, and funding needed to open.
Because of a grant we recently received and the funds that came in during our virtual event, Night of Hope, we will be OPENING Street Ransom’s Residential Program in 2021! More information and details will follow after the first of the year.