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      Group home for sex trafficking victims temporarily closed

      Thousands of children in Northwest Ohio are victims of sex trafficking each year. One organization is fighting to help end the abuse, but lack of funding is threatening to close its doors.

      Jeff Wilbarger began the non-profit group, The Daughter Project , to help rescued victims of sex trafficking to recover. Through donations from the Wood County community, the $250,000 group home was paid off and completed last year. Itâ??s one of two such group homes licensed in Ohio.

      The walls are covered with inspirational writings, drawings from the women, books and other educational resources.

      Before a lack of donations closed the doors in December, five house moms helped schedule tasks, prepare meals, and create a loving and creative environment for the seven recovering women.

      High operating costs will require additional funding from the community. Wilbarger says The Daughter Project plans to house six girls when the home opens again in February.

      Visit The Daughter Project to learn how you can donate or get involved.