- Associated Press - Tuesday, December 15, 2015

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - An abandoned motel in central South Dakota is being transformed into a shelter for female victims of human trafficking.

KCCR-AM (https://bit.ly/1YiHM87 ) reports the 14-bed shelter will open in early 2016 in Chamberlain. It will be run by a nonprofit based on the Crow Creek Indian Reservation that helps victims of domestic violence and sexual assault.

Lisa Heth is the executive director of the group Wiconi Wawokiya. She says a grant will be used to hire three employees who will oversee the shelter and work with the victims.

The two-floor building is being renamed as the Pathfinder Center. The first floor will have a recreational area, kitchen, classrooms and a spiritual room. All bedrooms will be in the second floor.

Heth says the facility will assist victims from across the state.


Information from: KCCR-AM, https://www.todayskccr.com/

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