Housing plan for sex trafficking victims divides community - CBS46 News

Housing plan for sex trafficking victims divides community

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GAINESVILLE, GA (CBS46) -

A housing plan to help women who were victims of sex trafficking is drawing criticism from neighbors, who worry about their personal safety and home values.

"This is our community, this is our home and what are the repercussions of this being here?" Sherry Evans, who lives in Gainesville, told CBS46.  "This is not the type of place for that development."

The housing complex would be built on an undisclosed lot of land on a 50 acre field off Weaver Road in South Hall County. It would be part of the Straight Street Missionary's new headquarters.

"The women coming to our place have made a decision not only to get out, but sustain that decision for a period of time, have been assessed and it's been decided that Gainesville is a good location for them to come," director Beau Robson told CBS46. "I understand the concern."

Robson and his ministry will present their case before the planning commission November 21. If plans move forward, Robson said they would go before the board of commissioners December 8.

"If we were really going to help these women, we needed a long term facility where we could spend significant amount of time with them," Robson added. "A place for them to learn life skills, to get any kind of professional counseling."

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