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Wood County fights back against human trafficking

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On the heels of local arrest, a local human trafficking group is getting ready to open a recovery home for victims.

Back in 2008, Jeff Wilbarger says he was called to help victims of human trafficking.  That's when the Daughter Project was born.

Today, with the help of a generous community, a recovery home has been built in Wood county to help those girls forced to work on the streets.

"What the home is for is helping adolescent girls ages 10 to 17 that have been rescued from traffickers," Wilbarger said.

So far, the Daughter Project has been able to help seven local girls through its programs.

At the beginning of June, the rooms inside the Wood county home will be filled with 6 girls who've been through the unthinkable.

For one year they'll live with what's called a house mom, to help them start a fresh, new life.

It's just one way the county is fighting back.

"Prostitution and human trafficking is everywhere," Wood County Sheriff Mark Wasylyshyn said.  "We're going to continue to hit it hard, especially in Wood County."

Earlier this week, the Wood County Sheriff's Office conducted a human trafficking crackdown.

Deputies went up and down I-75 to different truck stops and ended up making three arrests.

"We try to go where ever we hear or know of illegal activity, we try to mimic it and we try to arrest everyone and anyone we can involved in human trafficking," the sheriff said.

"When people are arrested, I'm excited," Wilbarger said.  "But then on the other hand we realize that's just the tip of the iceberg."

Click here to help the Daughter Project.