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Youth Sex Trafficking Prevention

We do outreach within Portland, going to the “hotspots” to look for girls who are currently involved or may be at risk of sex trafficking. We work to ensure the youth’s safety. We see what their needs are and try to meet those needs as soon as possible because every second counts.

LaTasha Curry,
Founder, YaYA Resources

Our Mission

The mission of YaYA (Youth and Young Adults) Resources is youth sex trafficking prevention through providing services to youth and young adults affected by sexual exploitation. We promote healing by creating a healthy, supportive environment while educating our community.

Knowledge HEELPS (Having Early Education Likely Prevents Sex Trafficking) is the curriculum we developed to educate youth about sex trafficking, tactics used by pimps, and what to do if they are approached by a pimp or sex trafficker. Our program’s purpose is to give youth the knowledge and tools to protect them from being victims of sex trafficking.

We do this through administering an after school sex trafficking prevention program for middle and high school youth that are vulnerable to this type of sexual exploitation. Our director connects with high school counselors to identify female students most likely to engage or be victims of sex trafficking and exploitation. The youth identified participate in our after school Knowledge HEELPS two-hour program held bi-weekly.

In the United States there are between 100,000 – 300,000 children that are recruited into the sex industry each year? The average age of recruitment is 12 – 14 for girls and 11 – 13 for boys. A Portland State University study conducted between 2009 and 2013 showed that 96% of the victims were female, 40% Caucasian, and 27% African American. African Americans youth are disproportionately represented as victims of sex trafficking.

Help Us Get the Word Out

Link to printable flyer – 1 page/2-sided PDF

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