SAN BERNARDINO (CBSLA.com) — A new shelter in San Bernardino is helping victims of human trafficking and prostitution.
Pastor Paula Daniels founded Rachel’s House to save lives.
“I like to tell people there are two types. There are the girls who are forced into it and there are the ones who are doing survival sex,” she said.
Debra Dolce, the head of the house, was once a victim of human trafficking herself.
“I was pimped out of a drug house for 10 years and my oldest child came and rescued me,” she said.
She added, “When you care for somebody, you accept them in their difficult times and in their good times. Whatever it takes to get a girl to that place, I’m willing to do.”
CBS2’s Tom Wait spoke with a woman off-camera who said she was a prostitute by choice.
She said the women who frequent Baseline Street in San Bernardino, which is known for prostitution, are just trying to make money.
Lorie Gott, a thrift shop manager along Baseline, said the issue is cutting into business.
“It’s caused our business to really take a dive because families will not come in,” she said.