Austin women helping sex trafficking victims

Austin women help sex trafficking victims

AUSTIN - Jennifer Frost has owned her home and the land behind it for two years, but she didn't know what she wanted to do with it until about eight weeks ago.

"I realized that ultimately we could be a refuge for people who have gone through traumatic things," Frost said. 

According to the National Human Trafficking Resource Center, 500 human trafficking cases have been reported in Texas within the first nine months of this year. 35 percent of the victims are under the age of 18. 

"They're wanting to step into a life that is normal," Frost said. She thinks the place that she named The Art House can provide them with a place to stay, share and be creative.

But she can't do it alone. 

"I need funding. I need people that share the vision and are willing to move and move suddenly," Frost explained. 

Carrissa Bradford shares that vision and set up her nail salon next to The Art House.

Bradford's salon, Adamo Nail Bar, is donating all of their revenue to rehabilitating, restoring and educating survivors. A portion of the money will go towards putting them through beauty school.

"In it's simplest form, Adamo is raising money in order to educate these women into the trade of manicuring and give them a resource to sustain life outside of the trade of sex trafficking," Bradford said.

Her plan is for them to learn side-by-side with women who share similar backgrounds.

"Being around other girls who have gone through what they've gone through, it helps them realize they're not alone," Frost said.

They want to create a sense of community for women who need it most. 

The Art House and Adamo have several fundraising events set up for the future. Find more information on those events here

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