Why this matters

Children are some of the most vulnerable to trafficking and exploitation simply because they are children. Traffickers prey upon their innocence and desire for affection and relationships. In the United States, the average age a child is trafficked is 14-16 years old.
One of the most common ways traffickers prey on children is through the internet and social media. In 2019, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children reviewed 70 million child sexual abuse files. According to Thorn, 63% of victimized kids they encountered had been advertised online.

What We Do

Street Ransom’s parent organization, Straight Street, offers a variety of programs and services to address youth’s vulnerabilities through fun, faith, help, and hope.

Through prevention education, Street Ransom reaches children in schools, churches, child welfare organizations, juvenile justice agencies, and other youth-serving organizations. Our goal is to equip youth to recognize vulnerabilities and develop healthy relationships in order to safeguard them from potential exploitation.

Our staff are licensed facilitators of Not A #Number, an interactive prevention curriculum used by organizations and schools across the nation. This curriculum was developed by Love 146 in consultation with survivors and experts in the fields of human trafficking, education, and research & evaluation. 

Not A #Number is designed for male, female, and LGBTQ youth ages 12-18. 

We offer two options:  

  1. One 60 minutes session (An introduction to child trafficking and exploitation)  
  2. Five 60 minutes modules (An in-depth program on child trafficking and exploitation) 

We have reached over 1,500 youth in the Greater Roanoke Valley!

What others are saying

This talk was very helpful to me. It has allowed me to notice and want to address things in my life that I have always known about but not been able to fully acknowledge. Thank you

A youth reached by Street Ransom

My students were very interested and engaged. . . The activity with the red flags helped students understand signs that they may not be aware of. My personal favorite was for students to learn what the common signs of abuse are. We had some students come forward with situations that were happening to them and staff was able to step in and get them help.

A Family Life Education Teacher at Roanoke County Public Schools