Rocklin non-profit coffee shop fights against human trafficking

SACRAMENTO - A 17-year-old girl from Folsom is drugged and driven to the Bay Area to have sex multiple times with multiple partners.

It is just one of the hundreds of stories Chris Strambaugh tries to forget, but because of the growing number of girls forced to sell their bodies, he works harder to put an end to sex trafficking.

From his training as a social worker, Strambaugh knows many children are victims of human trafficking.

"My caseload grew to 129 clients. Fifty percent of the girls and of those girls, 90 percent had been victims of child sexual abuse or sex trafficking," Strambaugh said.

From his experience, The Grace Networkwas born. The non-profit organization is made of partnerships of approximately 70 other organizations involved in the fight against human trafficking.

According to the FBI, Sacramento ranks among the top five cities in the country when it comes to sex trafficking.

"Since 2006, the FBI has recovered 300 juveniles caught in the issue of sexual exploitation. They have also arrested and prosecuted more than 70 pimps and human traffickers," Strambaugh said.

Origin Coffee House in Rocklin supports the efforts of The Grace Network. The coffee shop is run by volunteers. Each worker commits to a weekly four-hour shift for three months. After the coffee shop's business' costs are met, the remaining proceeds go to The Grace Network.

Origin's co-founder, Mark South, said he never has a problem finding people willing to donate their time for a good cause.

"There's no money that can end trafficking," South said. "You can't write a check big enough, but a person might go, 'I can give my time. I can work behind the counter. I want to do something.' And Origin Coffee has met that need."

Of all the Origin Coffee Houses across the country, the Rocklin location is only non-profit shop that gives back.


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