Refuge center for trafficking victims opens in South Dakota

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(AP) - A refuge center for victims of human trafficking and domestic violence has opened in central South Dakota.

The Pathfinder Center is a long-term shelter for women and children that officially opened its doors last week. The specific city and location are being withheld from the public for the women's safety.

Executive Director Lisa Heth says the center is the first of its kind in the state, with 13 uniquely decorated bedrooms to fit women's various needs.

In addition to housing, the center also will provide group activities, GED classes and a dedicated room for law enforcement interviews if the victims choose to report the trafficking.

Women who are accepted into the center must commit to staying a minimum of six months.

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