Sex trafficking center first in US to open medical clinic

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Today the only clinic in the United States designed to specifically treat survivors of sex trafficking opened its doors right here in the valley.
 
The innovative clinic is an addition to the Phoenix Dream Center.   
 
Fox 10’s Danielle Miller has more on what this clinic means for these survivors.  
 
This new clinic is called the Halle Healing Center and it will provide a full range of medical care needs exclusively to survivors of sex trafficking.  
 
It's the first like it in the country. 
 
"When it comes to these young women being given specialty care, our system has just not caught up to what their true needs are," said Brian Steele, CEO of the Phoenix Dream Center.     
 
Here at the Phoenix Dream Center they're trying to meet those needs with the new innovative clinic. 
 
The Halle (holly) Healing Center was funded by the Diane and Bruce Halle Foundation.  
 
"I know that they will get the best care, the same care as other people can get who are not trafficked," said Diane Halle of the Diane and Bruce Halle Foundation.     
 
The clinic is a comprehensive in house program that will provide sex trafficking victims with clothing, medical care, legal services and much more. 
 
"We have programs that help women who are interested in nursing careers, medical careers," said Dr. Randy Christensen with the Crews 'N' Healthmobile. "Not only take care of the medical problems, but you begin to address all of those other barriers."   
 
Over the last 6 years, the Phoenix Dream Center has rescued more than 300 girls and young women from lives of exploitation. 
 
CEO Brian Steele says having this medical center on campus where these victims live will be life changing. 
 
"There are tremendous push-pull factors of things trying to pull them back in to the life and telling them they'll never do it and they'll never amount to anything, so the quicker they get healed, the quicker they can get well the better they can get on to being the young lady we all know they can be."        
 
This is something one survivor agrees with…     
 
"Just to move forward and to get everything you need, I mean our program offers so much, but this is just the topping of the cake,” said Survivor Ashley Lewis. “They've really outdone themselves and I'm so excited for what it's going to do for all of our girls."       
 
All of the medical care at the clinic will be provided by staff from Phoenix Children's Hospital and Dignity Health. 

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