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Country music joins local artists to combat human trafficking
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WESTBROOK, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Local artists and a big name in country music are coming together to combat human trafficking.

Steve Azar, North of Nashville, Motor Booty Affair and comedian Karen Morgan will all be performing Wednesday night at the Westbrook Performing Arts Center.

South Portland police Sgt. Steve Webster has spent the last few years working to help women forced into prostitution, many as young as 14 years old.

Sgt. Webster said most of those women will go to jail for selling their bodies, but then they're back out on the streets because they have nowhere else to go.

Through local law enforcement efforts and a group home in Biddeford, there's another option. Women have a safe place to stay for up to a year through the Saint Andre Home, where they can learn career skills, get a job, and slowly reintegrate into society.

The proceeds from the concert will help open another safe haven for these women in another region of the state.

That home has already been purchased and a $400,000 grant from Next Generation Foundation will help it get open, but that money will only take the home through one year of services.

Azar wrote a song about human trafficking and Waynflete High School student, Mike Rodway produced the music video.

The show starts at 6:30 p.m. at the Westbrook Performing Arts Center; you can buy tickets at the door or online at www.enditmaine.com.

Saint Andre Home is always accepting donations for its programs, whether monetary or supplies like clothing or hygiene products.


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