SNOW HILL, N.C. (WNCT) – Supporters and opponents of a controversial safe house for male sex trafficking victims clashed Thursday night at the Greene County Community Center.
Restore One’s Chris and Anna Smith, who are building the safe house named “The Anchor House,” held a forum to discuss the issue of sex trafficking and the role their project will play in combating it.
However, two opponents of the project expressed their disapproval for the project, saying the Smiths weren’t upfront about their intentions when they purchased the property.
“Christ didn’t go around doing stuff like y’all doing and didn’t hide it under false pretenses,” one man said.
“I understand children need a home,” resident Kenny Barrow said. “But it’s the way they went about doing things.”
Chris Smith said they did file their tax records for the land under a different name, but he said it’s a common practice for sex trafficking and domestic violence shelters.
“That’s so a pimp or a perpetrator can not find the land when he’s looking it up on tax records,” Smith explained to an opponent.
Despite some opponents, construction of Anchor House continues and is expected to be completed before the end of the year.