Safe house opens for adult sex trafficking victims
SARASOTA, Fla. (AP) -
One of the state's first safe houses for adult victims of sex trafficking is opening in the Sarasota area. Selah Freedom will open the four-bedroom home in a non-descript neighborhood in November.
A landlord is renting the house at a discounted price along with furniture. Florida has one of the highest rates of human trafficking in the nation.
In the past, many victims of sex trafficking were arrested for prostitution. But aggressive education efforts have prompted law enforcement officials to re-examine cases and team up with advocates to help victims instead of arresting them.
In this home, former prostitutes will receive mental health assessments and treatment from a trauma specialist.