Local group turning an old hair salon into a haven for sex trafficking victims


A local non-profit is transforming an old hair salon into a safe place in hopes of getting victims of sex trafficking off the streets of Albuquerque.

“They can come in off the street, they can use the bathroom, they can get supplies they can meet case managers specializing in trafficking here,” said Christine Barber, the Executive Director of Street Safe New Mexico. 

Barber is planning to transform a 1950’s style hair salon on Central and Wyoming into a resource center and safe haven called ‘The Salon.’

“As a woman, if you say to somebody ‘let’s go to the salon’ that just sounds nice,” said Barber.

The hair dryers currently in the salon will be replaced with computers that women can use to search for jobs, housing, and a way out of the life they’re living.

“We hope they’ll walk through that door and something, some little tiny light, ray, a little kernel will go maybe, maybe I could get out,” said Barber.

If you would like to donate to the project, click here.

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