Homeless youth are among the most vulnerable to commercial sexual exploitation.
SEEN is an important, ground-breaking effort to better help young people heal from the effects of trauma and abuse of being forced into commercial sex work. A federally funded study in 2014, which Bridge led in Boston, indicated that over 40% of the youth surveyed had traded sex for money, food, or a place to stay.
Bridge is the primary SEEN coalition member which serves homeless and runaway youth.
Part of this coalition, Bridge builds relationships and connections with court representatives, the FBI, state and local police, district attorney offices, child welfare, and others in a combined effort to combat and reduce sex trafficking. We also work to ensure that young victims are not exploited again by the system if they seek help or if they come to the attention of law enforcement.Read More