Human Traffic Watch

Portland: Sex trafficking programs on the city’s chopping block

In Child Trafficking, Human Trafficking on May 20, 2013 at 3:50 pm

A $21.5 million budget shortfall is forcing Portland’s mayor to make some tough choices, and several programs on the chopping block help teenage sex trafficking victims.

A hearing at Warner Pacific College started at 3 p.m. Saturday and city leaders are getting an earful from concerned citizens.

This is the second of three public meetings and the mayor is listening to all the testimony.

Earlier Saturday, KGW spent some time with a team of professionals who help young sex trafficking victims. They believe the city’s proposed cuts could cost many young lives.

Escaping what young sex trafficking victims call “the life” is extremely difficult. However, more kids are getting a chance at normal lives thanks to several city programs, which now face $631,000 in proposed cuts.

“These are not kids or families that you see on Burnside and Second. They’re scattered across the city every socio-economic category,” said Kevin Donegan who runs a shelter for sex abuse victims.

The city wants to cut several key positions, which Donegan says are instrumental in helping these troubled kids.

Source: KGW

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