Columbus facility helping child victims of human trafficking plans to expand

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Statistics show more than 1,000 children in Ohio are identified as having been a victim of sex trafficking, but there are only two residential facilities licensed to help them.

Those facilities can only take 38 kids combined.

Gracehaven in Columbus is one of those facilities. It just moved to a new location that can house eight adolescents with plans to make space for 24.

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Gracehaven specializes in treating these young victims with trauma-informed care.

“In a typical placement, they just spiral downward as people identify them as a misbehaving, unruly adolescent, as opposed to a severely traumatized young person who is just living that trauma on a daily basis,” said Gracehaven Executive Director Scott Arnold.

Gracehaven also does preventative education. For more information about Gracehaven, click here.