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.