First safe house for victims of human trafficking opens in southern Indiana

CLARKSVILLE, Ind. (WDRB) -- The Kristy Love Foundation opened its first home for victims of sex trafficking opens in southern Indiana on Monday, and the beds are expected to be filled very soon.  

Angela Renfro, founder of the Kristy Love Foundation, said this home in Indiana has been five years in the making.

“When they come into our homes, they see that it's a home,” Renfro said. “And I just immediately hug them, because they haven't been hugged in a very long time. And then I say, 'You're free. You don't have to run no more. This is your home.'”

Renfro regained her freedom when she was 29 years. Now, she's providing that same freedom to other victims of trafficking.

“I know how it feels to be out there, to be lost and abandoned and feel like no one don't care,” she said.

The Kristy Love Foundation has four homes in Louisville that provide some medical care, therapy, yoga, volunteer opportunities and more. The new Indiana home is located in Clarksville.

“They said, 'We need you over here,'" she said. "And I said, 'I'm coming.' I said, 'I promise.' So I kept my promise, and now we're here."

The need for a home like this in Indiana has existed for a while, according to Morgan Rumple, the statewide Sexual Assault Response Team coordinator.

“Over the last two years, I've at least moved 30 people over to Louisville for Kristy Love, and that's from Indiana," Rumple said. "So we need this house here so that we can provide these resources and that local home and safe home here."

The home has four beds with one emergency bed. The beds are expected to be filled in a matter of hours from the home’s Monday opening.

“Tomorrow morning, if not tonight,” Renfro said. “I probably got some missed calls right now saying, 'Can I bring someone here?’”

With the Center for Women and Families closing in New Albany, Renfro said she hopes to move in.

“I want their building,” she said. “I just know there's a great need here, and it would help us expanded our services even quicker and faster.”

Renfro is hoping to have another southern Indiana location open by Christmas.

Her organization is completely run on donations.

“One thing I pride myself on: We’re not state or federally funded," Renfro said. "It's your warm contributions that keep Kristy Love Foundation alive and kicking, and it's just amazing."

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