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July 30, 2013

A Triumph against trafficking

Millsap to help meet needs of new safehouse for victims of human trafficking

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Founded in 2009, Traffick 911 is currently in the process of opening a safehouse and long-term care and rehabilitation facility for victims of sex trafficking called Triumph House. The 168-acre ranch will be in an undisclosed location in the middle of the triangle of highways that connect Dallas, Austin and Houston.

“We have an amazing partnership with lots of great law enforcements all over Texas that we work with on a lot of victims and cases,”  Traffick 911 Director of Development and Communications Lindsey Speed told the Index. “We’ll be working with them, once we begin to accept victims into the home. We’re also working to be accredited by the Abolition International Safehome Association. Basically there’s a lot of people out there wanting to build safehomes for these victims to go [but] there’s not a lot of resources as far as best practices, so that’s why we’re teaming up with experts in a lot of the different care needs.”

Speed said Triumph House’s goal is to minister to victims ages 10 to 17. After each girl’s stay at the house, Speed said they will offer a plethora of resources to help them take the next step in their recovery process. They will be in connection with other adult safehouses to fit victim’s needs or, if a girl is ready to leave, Triumph House will offer ways to help each girl find a good job.

However, Triumph House is not ready to hit the ground running. Speed said there are a number of items the safehouse will need to function properly and as a non-profit, Traffick 911 depends on donations for these items.

Area volunteer coordinator for Traffick 911 and member of Millsap First Baptist Mary Elliott is organizing the housewarming. As a worker in her church girls’ ministry, human trafficking is an issue that has been close to her heart ever since she first learned about it.

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