Tacoma drop-in center dedicated to helping youths affected by human trafficking

The brick office where Carlyn Sampson works near the Tacoma Dome feels more like a loft apartment than a work space.

And that’s the idea.

The cozy space, decorated with bright colors, is a business-hour drop-in center for victims of human trafficking in Pierce County. They have access to food, a shower, a TV, hygiene products, a couch to nap on, and computers.

Sampson is a community advocate and the program coordinator for YES to Hope!, which organizers say is the first program in the county to work specifically with sex trafficking victims.

The program started in July, within Rebuilding Hope, the Sexual Assault Center for Pierce County. In September, it opened the drop-in center at 101 E. 26th St., which by that time had become inundated with referrals for people who might need help.

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