Meet the Winchester residents battling human trafficking

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Winchester is not a community with human trafficking on its mind. The last time the police department made an arrest for prostitution was in 2014. Before that, no one seems to recall. But the problem of trafficking young girls and boys for sex is everyone’s problem, said Carolina Avellaneda.

Avellaneda is chairwoman of the advisory board for My Life My Choice, the Boston-based non-profit organization that works with young victims of sex trafficking.

“Winchester is the epitome of what everyone thinks is a place safe from trafficking,” Avellaneda said. “But, our husbands use these [sex trafficking] services. If there was no buyer there would be no industry.”

My Life My Choice, founded in 2002, counts several Winchester residents among its most active members.

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