Local Las Vegas Refuge for Women Las Vegas provides safe haven for those leaving sex industry The nonprofit Refuge for Women Las Vegas offers a lifeline to those women who entered the sex business with illusions of glamour, only to find themselves living a nightmare. Refuge for Women is a nonprofit residential program for women escaping the sex industry.
But what may seem like a blissful pursuit to some can become a lifetime of agony for others trapped as workers in the sex industry. The nonprofit Refuge for Women Las Vegas offers a lifeline to women who entered the sex business with illusions of glamour, only to find themselves living a nightmare.
The refuge is a four-bedroom home inside a gated community established to create a safe, distraction-free, family atmosphere for residents. Volunteers and staff care for up to six women, each of whom gets her own twin bed and three meals daily. Referrals come primarily through rescues and other agencies, and women can apply to the program online. Most private funding comes through fundraisers and a few grants, said Karen Diers, city director for the nonprofit.
Before joining the program, participants must commit to stay seven months and go through detoxification. Random drug checks are performed throughout their time at the refuge.
The free, three-phase program can last nine months to a year, Terry said. The first phase focuses on providing comfort and safety through work with each woman to help heal past trauma and rebuild her self-worth. During the second phase, women learn skills for entering the workplace confidently.
In phase three, residents enter an employment program for two months and can receive three months of additional residential care. Staff members work with partner organizations and businesses to help find them gainful employment that can meet their needs and those of their families. Two women are in the Las Vegas program now; one is set to graduate in December.
Frank said more than 90 percent of the women are survivors of childhood sexual abuse and about 75 percent are rape survivors.
The organization has graduated women from the program since it began in Kentucky in Ninety-four percent of those who graduate successfully leave the sex industry, he said. Being loved can be overwhelming for them.
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