There are almost 79,000 minors and youth victims of sex trafficking in Texas today. (Cite study) The harsh reality is that young girls are being sex trafficked across all socio-economic, racial, educational and family backgrounds. The primary factor that makes a girl vulnerable to being trafficked is her age. Sex trafficking of children is a supply and demand phenomena, with the internet being the primary way transactions are made to purchase a young child for sex.
The Refuge for DMST (Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking) was launched in November 2013. The primary purpose of The Refuge for DMST is to develop The Refuge Ranch, a long-term therapeutic ranch just outside the city of Austin, with on-site comprehensive services for girls, minors through age 19, who are survivors of sex trafficking.
Loren Stalcup, who serves on the Connections Team of the Refuge Ranch located in Bastrop County, will be at our meeting to discuss The Refuge for DMST and Refuge Ranch.
Location: Saint John’s UMC, 2140 Allandale Road, with snacks and mingling at 6:30p and the program at 7p. All are welcome! Hope to see you there!