For years it has been known that Toledo has been one of the top cities nationally for sex trafficking.
When 105 teens were rescued across the country from prostitution, it didn’t come as a surprise to some people in Northwest Ohio.
But, if the rescue was tough, the transition to a normal life is even tougher.”Some of these girls have been abused months, days, even years by family members or traffickers. And that’s something you don’t just overcome overnight,” says Jeff Wilbarger, founder of “the daughter project.”
Perrysburg based “The Daughter Project” was designed to provide a transitional home where young women rescued from trafficking can live in a safe place. Inside the house, are house mothers who act like moms to girls who sometimes have no one.
Gaining trust is often the first step to helping the girls. In addition to counseling, victims are home schooled and taught life skills.