Refuge Ranch breaks ground on center for victims of sex trafficking

The Refuge groundbreaking on Oct. 25, 2016. (KXAN Photo/Julie Karam)
The Refuge groundbreaking on Oct. 25, 2016. (KXAN Photo/Julie Karam)

AUSTIN (KXAN) — The dream of a Central Texas center helping child survivors of sex trafficking is taking take a big step towards becoming a reality.

Brooke Crowder with the Refuge Ranch joined us in the KXAN studio to talk about the groundbreaking.

“Located on 50 acres in a beautiful and restorative setting outside of Austin, Texas, The Refuge Ranch will provide trauma-informed, holistic care for the girls on-site,” said Crowder.

Artistic rendering of the inside of one of the cottages where the girls would stay on their path to recovery.
Artistic rendering of the inside of one of the cottages where the girls would stay on their path to recovery.

The ranch will offer a variety of programs for survivors. There will be a University of Texas Charter School program, a People’s Community Clinic and various therapeutic programs uniquely designed for the development of a child survivor.

The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) says of the children reported missing to NCMEC in 2015 who were also likely child sex trafficking victims, 74 percent were in the care of child welfare when they went missing.

Long-term help would be offered for girls ages 11 to 17. Each girl admitted would have her own unique plan for recovery.

For more information you can visit their website here.

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