“Group Strives to Help Victims…” (Asheville Citizen-Times)

– about NCStop’s own Emily Fitchpatrick and the Hope House Project! –

ASHEVILLE – Emily Fitchpatrick hopes her personal journey will help her draw frightened victims away from their own troubles.

Having recovered from alcohol and drug addiction nine years ago, Fitchpatrick said she believes God can help her rescue women who have fallen prey to sex trafficking.

The crimes have gotten national attention, Fitchpatrick said, but little notice locally. Asheville police twice found evidence of young girls forced into prostitution in 2007 but were unable to make arrests, according to police.

“People think this (sex trafficking) happens in other countries, and they don’t want to see that it happens here,” said Fitchpatrick, 30, the director of the Hope House project, a planned home that would provide long-term care for victims.

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**There is a benefit concert for the Hope House Project in the Asheville area tomorrow (Sunday) afternoon – check out our events page for more info.