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Rochester Women's Shelter to Open Home for Sex Trafficking Victims

October 23, 2017 11:44 PM

(ABC 6 News) -- A grant from the state of Minnesota will help fund a new home to help victims of sex trafficking in southeast Minnesota.

The Minnesota Department of Health awarded $326,000 for the Rochester Women's Shelter to open a Safe Harbor Shelter.

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It will serve as a short-term emergency shelter and offer supportive housing and specialized foster care.

"Sex trafficking and labor trafficking is rampant and out of control both in Minnesota and the US. It encompasses so many people," said Jeannie Thompson, youth program coordinator at the Rochester Women's Shelter.

The five-bed facility is separate from the women's shelter and will house 16 to 24-year-old victims of sex trafficking.  It is expected to open in 2018.


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