SAN ANTONIO -- The month of January is being recognized as Human Trafficking Awareness Month, and every year law enforcement and local organizations, like Roy Mass Youth Alternatives, want to remind the community that help is out there.
Centro Seguro, or safe place, opened its doors in December for young people ages 11 through 17 at the Roy Mass campus on the city’s North Side.
Though the drop-in center is still a work in progress, the shelter helps minors with meals, a temporary place to stay, and connects them to community resources.
“A lot of these kids have dealt with things that maybe, you know, an adult will never deal with and they are not even of age to be considered to be an adult. So, I think what we keep in mind whenever they come in is just how resilient they are,” said Jessica Butters, with Centro Seguro.
Since opening, the shelter has received 40 victims. The center’s new expansion is expected to be complete come this April. If you're a victim of human trafficking or know of someone who needs help, you can call Centro Seguro’s 24/7 hotline at 210-340-8090.