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The Safe Center LI Recognized by Women's Fund of Long Island
Date:9/27/2013

Bethpage, NY (PRWEB) September 27, 2013

The Safe Center Recognized by Women’s Fund of Long Island
POWER Project to Fight Human Sex Trafficking

The Safe Center LI has been selected as a 2013 grantee partner by the Women's Fund of Long Island (WFLI). The $5000 grant will be used towards the implementation of a local program in support of national efforts to combat human sex trafficking. The Safe Center will implement its POWER Project (Positive Opportunities for Women’s Empowerment and Renewal) in conjunction with the Nassau County District Attorney and the Nassau County Courts.

"Sex trafficking is a growing problem right here on Long Island with countless victims in Nassau County alone,” says Sandy Oliva co-executive director of The Safe Center. “Thanks to this grant from WFLI, we can shed light on the problem and work toward protecting innocent women and children.”

Ms. Oliva noted that – while human trafficking is generally recognized as an international issue – it is vital to make people aware of the problem locally. She cited pimp-controlled prostitution as a primary form of human sex trafficking.

According to data provided by The Safe Center LI and other advocacy groups:

  •     Victims can be female or male; children or adults
  •     The average age girls first get trafficked into prostitution is 12-14
  •     Victims come from among U.S. born citizens, legal and illegal immigrants
  •     75% of runaway/throwaway youth fleeing abusive situations become victims
  •     Virtually all suffer from cumulative trauma at the hands of their pimps and as a result of their sex work
  •     Most have a history of childhood trauma

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