BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A new treatment center and shelter for children who are victims of sex trafficking soon will open in Idaho, officials said.

Idaho Anti-Trafficking Coalition Executive Director Jennifer Zielinski says Solace House will open in the fall or early winter for juvenile female victims of sex trafficking, the Idaho Statesman reported .

"We will be a resource for the entire state of Idaho, but also an emergency resource for those outside of the state," Zielinski said.

It will be the first center of its kind in Idaho and will be equipped to provide services for five to 10 victims, ages 11 to 18.

The safe house will be located in the Boise area, but the address will not be made public.

The founder of the coalition is Fred Cornforth, owner of Community Development Inc., whose donations will fund the safe house for the first two years.

"It's the darkest side of humanity and I wish we didn't have the problem, (but) I am so thankful that it's taken off the way that it has," Cornforth said about the coalition's community support. "It's been encouraging."

Cornforth's company has made a three-year commitment to pay all administrative costs for Solace House, he said.

"We want to hit this with light, and to me that means love and action and goodness and rightness in action," Cornforth said. "And to me, right now, most immediately, I think of juveniles and I think of a safe place to give them."

More than 430 calls from Idaho have been made to the National Human Trafficking Hotline since 2007, according to the coalition.

There are around 8,000 homeless students in Idaho, and one in six homeless juveniles is at risk of being trafficked, the coalition said.


Information from: Idaho Statesman,