Kristy Childs has fought for a decade to give a voice to the voiceless.
In that time, she has helped hundreds of women and girls trying to escape the dehumanizing world of prostitution.
Now with the aid of an anonymous donor, Childs’ organization, Veronica’s Voice, is offering for the first time a safe place for women to live as they work to free themselves from the dangerous existence of women on the streets.
“This is huge,” said Childs.
The first residents will move into the house, called Magdalene Manor, at an undisclosed location in Kansas City. The home will augment the existing Veronica’s Voice safe center, where clients receive services and support, Childs said.
Childs believes there is only one other similar residential facility in the country for victims of the commercial sex trade, and Veronica’s Voice is only one of a handful of organizations like it in the country.
The persistent perception that prostitution is a victimless crime is belied by the lives of the 8,000 women and girls she has spoken to since founding Veronica’s Voice in 2000, Childs said.
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