GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – Despite opposition from some living around it, the country’s first ever sex trafficking safehouse for male victims in nearing completion in Greene County.
Restore One’s Anchor House is expected to be complete in November, and start rehabilitating male sex trafficking victims in the Spring.
“It’s been a journey. It’s definitely had it’s highs and lows, but it’s been really good,” said Jason Lineberger, who serves on the Restore One board.
Some in Greene County have voiced opposition to the location of the house, saying it was being built in the wrong place and it could bring trouble to their community. Greene County Commissioners even signed a resolution opposing the project.
But despite that, Restore One has moved forward, and is hopeful opposition will eventually die down.
“There were some months where we were praying a whole lot. There have been a lot of months that we didn’t know where this was going to go,” Lineberger said.
Fear of sabotage by those opposing the project prompted Restore One to install cameras on the property. They also have begun building a fence around it.
On Friday, a biker currently traveling the country to raise awareness about sex trafficking was in Greenville. Daniel Lemke left Colorado on April 19 to begin a 12,000 mile trip around the country. He said many people don’t understand how big of a problem sex trafficking is.
“They don’t realize it’s a state side problem. They don’t realize it’s happening literally in our backyards. They don’t realize it’s happening here in Greenville,” Lemke said.