Minnesota shelter to offer place for sex trafficking victims

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WAITE PARK, Minn. (AP) - A home in central Minnesota is offering victims of sex trafficking a safe place to live.

The St. Cloud Times reports that Terebinth Refuge in Waite Park will be able to house six people when it opens in April.

CeCe Terlouw is executive director of Terebinth Refuge. She says the home will provide faith-centered services with a holistic, relationship-building approach to healing.

Police Chief Dave Bentrud helped secure the home, which had been vacant and was showing signs of decay.

Bentrud says many victims stay in their situation because they have nowhere else to go. The shelter will hopefully be the first step in getting them out of sex trafficking.

Refuge leaders hope to eventually open up an 18-bed shelter and transitional housing for victims of sex trafficking.

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