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Va. human trafficking shelter planned

Friday - 3/14/2014, 7:23am  ET

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) -- A new Charlottesville charity says it plans to open Virginia's first shelter for victims of human trafficking.

Called The Arbor, the charity said the shelter will have 10 beds. A location has not been identified.

The charity said it has raised 60 percent of its planned operating budget for the shelter's first year. The Daily Progress ( ) reports that The Arbors' president, Laurie Jean Seaman, outlined the plans Thursday at a human trafficking workshop.

The National Center for Victims of Crime investigated more than 2,500 incidents of human trafficking from 2008 to 2010.

Victims are often teenage girls without reliable adults in their lives. Speakers called human trafficking "modern day slavery."


Information from: The Daily Progress,

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