Rape crisis educator praises LPD prostitution initiative

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Last week, Lubbock police launched a new initiative to publish the names and faces of men who solicit prostitutes, and one local educator is very happy to see it.

Leslie Timmons is the community educator for the Lubbock Rape Crisis Center.

"We are so appreciative of the Lubbock Police Department for being proactive on this situation," Timmons said.

"We're talking about every socioeconomic level that participates in this stuff and have to address that issue," she said. "You know in the South Plains we tend to think we're in a safe little bubble but everything affects us."

Timmons works to help young women who have been caught up in prostitution and sex trafficking.

She says they have identified a pattern of children being transported from Lubbock to the Midland/Odessa area for sexual purposes and believes what LPD is doing will help.

"Most adult prostitutes start as children. If we're addressing the supply and demand and you decrease the demand, you're really making our community safer for children," Timmons said.

Timmons is trying to raise money for a safe house where women who are victimized by prostitution can come to be rehabilitated.

"It would provide for tangible needs like housing, healthcare and food, and then intangible needs such as counseling, education, work training, job training and that kind of thing," Timmons said.

If you are interested in helping, Leslie says they are always looking for volunteers. If you'd like to help, visit the Lubbock Rape Crisis Center for more information.

SLIDESHOW: LPD Prostitution Arrests - 2012

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