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Portland To Fund Shelter For Victims Of Human Trafficking

This week Portland City Council will make permanent a commitment to help fund a new shelter for young victims of human trafficking.

Mayor Sam Adams says the city is becoming recognized as a hub for juvenile sex trafficking.

He and Commissioner Dan Saltzman have hammered out a series of action items.

The Police Bureau has increased staff working sex trafficking detail, from two to four officers. Also, the city and Multnomah County have joined forces, to double the civilian team working with police.

Adams said Friday the $285,000 shelter commitment is only a down payment toward what the city is willing to do.

Sam Adams “Depending on matching with some state and local resources, we could get anywhere from four to eight beds devoted to helping the victims.”

Fundraising for the shelter continues, but organizers hope to open by late 2011.

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