Residential Shelter Provides For Teen Girls


UPDATED: Wednesday July 20, 2011 6:41 AM

The first residential shelter in Ohio to provide beds for girls under age 18 who were victims of trafficking needs a grant to finish the building project.

Gracehaven needs to win a quarter million dollar charitable grant from Vivant based on the number of daily votes Gracehaven gets on Facebook.

Executive director, Dr. Jeff Barrows, said the problem is so big that the state could use at least 100 beds.

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"We want to give them place there they can live," said Barrows, "Where they can be rehabilitated, continue their education, get counseling that they need, and set their lives on a different direction than where they've been headed."

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine estimated that more than 1,000 Ohio girls were victims of trafficking. He said the start as runaways from abusive homes and end up on the street.

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