Jade Helena is a published author and social advocate. A survivor of domestic human sex trafficking, Jade was recruited into the sex trade as a young girl – lured into “The Game” by a pimp she thought loved her.
A childhood marked by poverty and her parents struggle with crack cocaine addiction, Jade was introduced to her pimp Carma after being placed in a series of foster care and group homes. Jade found herself tricked, trapped and alone – when other young women were enjoying their teenage years, she was forced to have sex for money in the massage parlours and strip clubs of Toronto and Montreal.
Jade has been a writer from a very young age. At age 11, Jade’s poetry was selected for inclusion in Celebration – An Anthology of Young Poets.
Her autobiography titled, The Teen Sex Trade: My Story takes the reader deep into a world most of us never see – the dark and hidden world of domestic sex trafficking in Canada. Part of her story has been featured in the ground-breaking Toronto Star feature on domestic sex trafficking in Toronto entitled “Beaten, Branded, Bought and Sold” that ran December 2015.
Jade penned the raw and gritty pages of her novel The Teen Sex Trade: My Story when she was homeless and living in shelters – a terrifying reality that she had never faced before.
The Teen Sex Trade: My Story explores themes of coming of age, life in foster care, addiction, domestic abuse, chronic illness and poverty. It is also a story of redemption and recovery – an exploration of a woman’s will to overcome insurmountable odds to create a life on her own terms, and help others who face the same challenges.
Jade was born in Toronto, lived most of her life in Halifax and variously in Montreal and Toronto. Today, she lives in Ontario with her family.
Having worked as a well-respected peer support worker, Jade has also helped train over 1,700 service providers including law enforcement, educators, and child welfare professionals to help Toronto youth impacted by domestic human trafficking – making her a specialist in her field. Independently, Jade has also educated hundreds of service providers and youth about the realities of human trafficking throughout Nova Scotia.
Using her lived experience, Jade is a mentor for other survivors and those who may be at risk of becoming involved in domestic sex trafficking. She also offers professional training on a case by casis basis. For bookings, please see Contact page.
Her book was published on September 1, 2017. To order your copy today, visit: Formac Books for immediate shipping. This book is also available in stores at your local Chapters Indigo, Barnes and Noble, and online at Amazon.