Despite the average age of entry into the commercial sex industry being somewhere between ages 14 and 16, of the shelters that exist nationally only a few work with the juvenile population. Street Ransom will be the first in Virginia to meet this need.
This building, which was acquired in 2016, and recently renovated is in an undisclosed location. Street Ransom is currently in the process of fundraising for the operational costs of the shelter.
Street Ransom’s program is intentionally designed based upon the recommendations of professionals within the mental health, medical, and social service fields to address the individual needs of adolescent trafficking victims. They will be able to serve 8 girls at a time, ages 11-17 years old. With 8 private bedrooms access to crisis counseling, schooling, and medical services, the shelter provides female juvenile survivors accommodations and care for up to 90 days.
By creating a non-judgemental, safe atmosphere, the shelter’s staff seek to show the young women that their lives are worth “redeeming”. As a faith-based effort, survivors will also learn that their lives can be transformed and made whole again through the “ransom” paid by Jesus Christ.