Street Smart provides services to youth, ages 13 to 21, who are homeless or have been or are at risk of being sexually abused or exploited.
About 10% of shelter youth and 28% of street youth
report having participated in “survival sex” – the exchange of sex for shelter, food, drugs, or other subsistence needs.
32% of runaway and homeless youth
have attempted suicide at some point in their lives.
LGBTQ youth are more likely
to run away from home than heterosexual youth.
Over 50% of youth
in shelters and on the streets reported that their parents either told them to leave or knew they were leaving but did not care.
The average age of entry into sex trafficking rings is
between 12-14 years old.
Up to 90% of runaways
will become involved in sex trafficking.
1 in 3 runaways will be approached within
48 hours of leaving home
to join human trafficking rings.
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Once on the streets, they are at risk of being exploited or abused. Help us provide the services that help teens leave the streets and find a safe haven and the caring support they need by being a STREET SMART Outreach donor.