Published : Tuesday, 12 Oct 2010, 3:04 PM EDT
(WTNH) - It's hard to believe but the sex trafficking of children is happening right here in Connecticut.
In 1994, The Paul & Lisa Program, Inc. joined the Midtown Manhattan Community Court, the first community court in the country to address the issue of prostitution. Since 2001, The Paul & Lisa Program contracts with the State of Connecticut Judicial Branch to administer an alternative to incarceration program for women arrested on prostitution charges in the Waterbury and Hartford Community Court System.
In 2006, The Paul & Lisa Program redesigned its Prevention Education Program to include all the dangers of the Internet, Sexual Predators, and Street Predators. By December 2006, more than 1,300 Connecticut youth received valuable information on Internet & Street Safety. The organization continues to meet the changing needs of the community to help prevent sexual exploitation.
Soroptimist International of Farmington Valley also works to assist victims of sex trafficking as well as advocate for change.