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Busy intersection causes concern for organization helping sex trafficking victims

Posted: 9:44 AM, Jul 02, 2019
Updated: 2019-07-03 07:08:46-04

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — A busy intersection near downtown has one local organization concerned for the people they help, many of whom are victims of sex trafficking.

"It's just horrific because now we're setting up anxiety," says Toshia Shaw, the executive director of The Embracing Project.

The Embracing Project is supposed to be a safe place for children to get help after becoming victims of sexual abuse. However, the people who work there have become increasingly concerned for their clients.

"We can't continue to worry about if they're going to get hit by a car," says Shaw.

Employees at The Embracing Project on the corner of Charleston and Eighth say they see several serious crashes a month right outside their building. Shaw says most of the children who come to them can't drive, so they walk or catch the bus. She's worried an already fragile victim could get hurt.

"They need to put a traffic light up, so we can prevent any catastrophes," says Shaw.

13 Action News reached out to the city. They tell us the city has temporarily taken over the intersection from NDOT, in order to perform a study to review the intersections crash history. They'll then determine what more can be done to keep drivers, and clients at The Embracing Project, safe.