A new long-term shelter for victims of sexual exploitation is opening in Portland. The co-ed shelter, which is being run by Janus Youth Programs, will have room for five to seven youth at a time. Each will have his or her own caseworker, and they will be allowed to leave the shelter if they choose to.
The goal of the shelter, according to Janus Youth, will be to stabalize clients’ lives and help them transition into a safe, permanent living situation. Lifeworks NW and the Sexual Assault Resource Center will also assist with the shelter, which will be the only one of its kind in Portland
Portland has gained a reputation as a problem area for youth sex trafficking, though officials say that reliable statistics about sex trafficking are difficult to find. Still, Janus Youth says that more resources for victims of sex trafficking are needed.
Have you or someone you know ever been in a situation in which you would’ve benefited from a shelter like this?
- Dennis Morrow: Executive Director of Janus Youth Programs
- Esther Nelson: Program Manager at the Sexual Assault Resource Center