Human Traffic Watch

Home is a step for victims seeking to get selves free of sex trafficking

In Human Trafficking, Social Justice on April 9, 2013 at 3:09 pm
Beth Saxton places flowers in a room at the All Things New House on Tuesday, April 2, 2013. The facility is a Christian safe house for women victimized by the sex trafficking trade. Photo: Billy Calzada, San Antonio Express-NewsRead more: http://www.mysanantonio.com/news/local_news/article/Home-is-a-step-for-victims-seeking-to-get-selves-4414988.php#ixzz2Pqjgz2Is

Beth Saxton places flowers in a room at the All Things New House on Tuesday, April 2, 2013. The facility is a Christian safe house for women victimized by the sex trafficking trade. Photo: Billy Calzada, San Antonio Express-News

For decades, a two-story convent sheltered nuns ministering in the city’s impoverished neighborhoods.

By month’s end, the old building will open up to women working to be free of sex trafficking.

Its six bedrooms have brand-new linens, comforters and pillows. Each has a personal sink and space for cribs. The floors have new carpet.

The convent-turned-safe-house is the handiwork of All Things New, a Christian ministry based in Oklahoma City and founded by Linda Caswell in 2008. She’s relocating headquarters here and joining a countywide effort to combat the sex trade.

“It’s been a lot of work but I’ve seen so much of the community of San Antonio pull together to make this happen,” said Caswell, 59, herself prostituted years ago. “It is a realization of a dream.”

A second unit is set for completion here in June. The facilities are believed to be the city’s only residences solely dedicated to help this population. Referrals will come from law enforcement agencies and other authorities nationwide, she said.

Read more: http://www.mysanantonio.com/news/local_news/article/Home-is-a-step-for-victims-seeking-to-get-selves-4414988.php#ixzz2Pqjc5P2l

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