DELAWARE – A Delaware nonprofit that helps young female sex trafficking survivors is one step closer to creating a residential treatment center in Sussex County.
Zoë Ministries tells 47 ABC they’ve raised more than half a million dollars to purchase a property at an undisclosed location in Sussex County. The residential home will offer wrap around trauma informed treatment with a continuum of care. The home will have six beds to accommodate females between 12 and 17 years of age who have been trafficked in Delaware. Officials with the non-profit say they are also hoping to raise awareness about what human trafficking looks like in the real world.
“Real perpetrators in our community are people we work with, live with, go to school with and go to church with on a daily basis. They can be absolutely anybody. Most people think you’re going to be kidnapped, sold and changed to a bed but generally that’s not what happens,” says Yolanda Schlabach, the founder and executive director of Zoë Ministries.
Currently, Zoë Ministries partners with the Salvation Army and gets referrals from them before they contract to different out of state treatment facilities. They also offer preventative educational programs.
We’re told it will be next summer before they can bring kids in to the Sussex County location as they’re working on infrastructure sustainability including staffing, licensing, zoning and planning.
If you or someone you know needs help related to human trafficking, call the National Human Trafficking Hotline at 1-888-373-7888.
Click here to learn more about Zoë Ministries.