OneVoiceHome establishing campus for minor victims of sex traffi

OneVoiceHome establishing campus for minor victims of sex trafficking

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LUBBOCK, Texas -

At any given time, 79,000 children in Texas are victims of sex trafficking and the number of victims here in West Texas is increasing. OneVoiceHome, a faith-based nonprofit hopes to change that. 

After watching a documentary on human trafficking, Laura Pratt said she had to do something. Pratt, along with four other women formed OneVoiceHome, an organization dedicated to providing healing for minor victims of trafficking. 

"It's quite overwhelming, you think about millions of people are in bondage world wide, you know how can I make a difference?" Pratt said. "I tell people we're not all called to do the same thing, but we can do something."

For three years, Pratt and the organization have been searching for the perfect property to establish a place of healing. 

"We got word that this property was available for auction and in that entire process, we knew that that would be perfect for what we wanted to do because it has so much space, and so many facilities," Pratt said.

Pratt said they were able to finalize the purchase in the beginning of May. Now, with 150 acres and more than 20 buildings to renovate, Pratt said it is an expensive operation. 

"This home is designed to provide holistic care," Pratt said. "You know we're not just going to deal with the emotional and therapeutic needs of the victim, but we're also going to start to address things like their physical needs and some of these girls don't have regular eating habits, don't have regular sleeping habits, don't even have a room that they've called their own." 

Founding member, Peggy Galanos said it was after meeting a survivor from this area, she realized just how close to home this epidemic is. 

"We just don't have a place, very little beds in Texas to send these girls to, and even country wide we don't,"  Galanos said. "So right now a lot of these girls will end up in our juvenile justice system, which they're not criminals, they're victims." 

For more than 50 girls, this property will become a home. 

"This is not a temporary solution," Pratt said. "This is not a quick fix to a big problem."

Pratt said the hope is these girls will transition into a place of refuge, recovery, resilience, and restoration.  

"This is designed to be a home for as long as they need it to be a home," Pratt said. "We've got some girls already in our system of contact that we know don't have a safe family to go back to." 

Galanos said it is going to take the help from others to make this campus a reality. 

"You know psalm 99 says the lord is a shelter for the oppressed, and this is going to be one of those kinds of shelters," Galanos said.

The goal is to have the campus up and running within a year. 

"Not too far into the future, this place gets to live again, and these girls get to live again," Pratt said. 

The location will remain anonymous, but if you want to get involved or donate click here.

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