The Refuge for DMST's PR Director, Steven Phenix, stops by the KVUE studio to give an update about The Refuge Ranch.
The Refuge for DMST™ (Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking) developed and operates The Refuge Ranch, a long-term, residential, therapeutic community for girls, minors through age 19, who have been rescued out of sex trafficking.
Why The Refuge Ranch is Needed:
**-Child sex trafficking is the fastest growing crime in the world.
**-In the U.S. there was an 846% increase in reported child sex trafficking cases from 2010 to 2015.
**-There are currently 79,000 young adults and minors being sex trafficked in Texas.
**-Texas has the second most reported number of child sex trafficking cases in the U.S.
**-There are less than 600 beds available nationwide for child sex trafficking survivors, but we have over 13,000 animal shelters.
**-Prior to the opening of The Refuge Ranch, Texas only had 24 beds available for child survivors’ long term recovery from trauma.