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New Life Refuge building home for child sex trafficking survivors

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Survivors will live in cottage-style homes. Survivors will live in cottage-style homes.
Six survivors will live in each cottage. Six survivors will live in each cottage.
New Life Refuge broke ground for the project on October 17th. New Life Refuge broke ground for the project on October 17th.
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Up to 300,000 American children are at risk of exploitation by sex traffickers, according to the FBI. However nationwide, there are less than 400  beds to house the children who are rescued. 

New Life Refuge Ministries is working to turn those numbers around, starting in Corpus Christi.

"Our own police department has recovered girls, and the sad truth is when they have an underage victim they don't have anywhere to send her. What kind of has happened is they're caught looking, searching for somewhere to place her," said Minta Moore, Executive Director of New Life Refuge Ministries. 

The organization is hoping to fill that gap.

"If home is not an option, which often it's not, we want to be there for them," Moore said. "Our main goal is we are working to build a care home for underage victims, that's our big project."

New Life Refuge broke ground on the home this month, and they expect by this time next year it will be ready to house 6 girls. Ultimately four cottages will become homes to 24 child sex trafficking survivors. 

"It's really important to us that we create a homelike environment," Moore said. "It's in a rural area, there will be opportunities for gardening and raising chickens, and equine therapy, a butterfly garden."

Beyond a bed, the complex will also provide resources to the survivors.

"Once the home is up and running we are going to need a lot of mental healthcare professionals that are specifically trained to deal with the high level of trauma that these survivors are dealing with," Moore said. 

The project got a financial boost of $10,000 from the Royal Neighbors over the weekend. The money will be put towards construction, which is underway. 

January is Human Trafficking Awareness month, and New Life Refuge has planned a series of events and fundraisers to highlight the problem:

January 8th: Fashion Show and Luncheon at Julian Gold

January 16th: Benefit Tennis Tournament at Corpus Christi Country Club

January 29th: Celebration of Courage Gala 

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