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NBC News: Invisible Boys: Inside the Push to Help Unseen Victims of the Sex Trade
Chris and Anna Smith knew little of this when they set out on their journey. The couple founded their Christian ministry, Restore One, in Greenville, North Carolina in 2012, expecting to build a safe house for girls.
WORLD News: Couple prepares to open first U.S. home for sex-trafficked boys
Anna, a sex trafficking survivor, worked as an intern at a similar facility, Hope House, in Asheville, N.C. When Hope House founder Emily Fitchpatrick learned the Smiths wanted to open a home, she asked them to consider taking in boys.
Indy Star: Boys — the silent victims of sex trafficking
“We were met with more resistance because we are helping boys. But we owe it to the world to see that boys are provided with the care they need.” - Chris Smith
“We live in a culture where men are perpetrators and women are victims, and there are no gray areas,” Procopio of MaleSurvivor said. “There’s a lot sexism involved with this issue.”
CBN News: Young Boys: The Invisible Victims of the Sex Trade Industry
Chris and Anna answered that need with "The Anchor House," a first of its kind shelter aimed at providing refuge and restoration for adolescent boys ages 12 to 18.
Opportunity Lives: Women On The Front Lines Explain How We Can Better Fight Human Trafficking
Anna Smith agrees. The executive director of Restore One in North Carolina says she would like to see more language in state laws identifying men and boys as victims.
First Long-Term Shelter Opens for Boy Victims of US Sex Trafficking
When Americans think about human trafficking, most don't picture a boy as the victim.
Good Housekeeping: A Couple Is Fighting to Build a Refuge for Boys Escaping Sex Trafficking
The home will ultimately house 12 boys referred by law enforcement, advocacy groups or other nonprofits. Angry, concerned neighbors can rest assured the boys of Anchor House ...
North Carolina Couple Serves as Important Reminder That Men and Boys Are Victims, Too
Male victims have limited resources, and they are less likely to seek the help they need because their victimization is so often overshadowed by that of female victims. More often than not, these men feel silenced by gender norms and the social constructs that portray victims as vulnerable, young women.
Meet Two Millennial Founders Opening A Safe Home For Male Survivors Of Sex Trafficking
When Chris and Anna Smith first heard there wasn't yet a long-term safe home for male survivors of sex trafficking across the United States, they knew they needed to do something about it.