Madera, California - The Madera Police Department is seeing the impact of sex trafficking with even more woman making themselves visible. Investigators need your help in an attempt to rescue a woman from the dangerous lifestyle. After months of rehab the 28-year-old woman now has permanent housing and needs donations to furnish and supply her new home.
"Yeah we have seen an increase. Generally during the hotter months we will see an increase. There will be more girls out," said Sergeant Alicia Keiser of the Madera Police Department.
Sergeant Keiser patrols the streets in downtown Madera. Officers are having more contact with women out on the streets after federal laws shut down many of the online resources for traffickers. Sergeant Keiser recently encountered a 28-year-old mother.
"When we found her she was in a room with a male who was smoking methamphetamine when we entered the room. She was completely strung out on dope, heroin methamphetamine," said Sgt. Keiser who offered the woman help. "I started talking with her and it was clear she didn't want to be in the situation she was in. She just didn't know how to get out of it and didn't know how to get help."
Rescued by Madera Police the woman now has housing, but still has many needs for her home.
"She will take anything, but she really has her heart set on a queen size bed. She's never had one. She's 28-years-old and has never had a home. She's been on the streets since she was about 16-years-old," said Lieutenant Dan Foss of the Madera Police Department who is working closely to help the woman in her transition.
There are still many sex trafficking victims in need of help, but this case gives officers hope.
"She's got a long road ahead of her, but it is neat to see her given an opportunity kind of a second chance to have a good life," said Sgt. Keiser.
if you have a heart for this young lady's situation and want to make a donation the Madera Police Department asks that you please contact them first so they can get things in order to accept that donation.
If you have anything you think may be helpful that you are willing to donate, please contact Lieutenant Dan Foss with the Madera Police Department at 675-4246. The donation is tax deductible.