Covenant House New Jersey studies human trafficking of homeless youth | Carter

Yesenia is the name Covenant House New Jersey uses to protect her identity.

During the past few months, the 19-year-old woman told a licensed clinical social worker at the agency about her year-long sex-trafficking ordeal.

Other Covenant House clients also had scary stories to tell, and their identities similarly have been shielded by the agency, which serves 1,000 homeless youths annually.

Latasha and Natalie were forced to have sex with strange men and to sell drugs so they could continue living in a rooming house.

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Brandon’s life was threatened if he didn’t continue to sell drugs, and Julio, who says he …read more

Source: Essex

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