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WESTBROOK, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Maine's first human trafficking safe-house is scheduled to open this spring, and to keep the shelter running, it will need community support. Saint Andre Home is received donations and recognition through a benefit concert in Westbrook Wednesday night.

Hundreds attended the "End It Maine" concert and silent auction at the Westbrook Performing Arts Center. The event featured comedian Karen Morgan, and musical acts Motor Booty Affair, North of Nashville, and Steve Azar.

All the proceeds will help Saint Andre Home provide services to victims of human trafficking.

"These women are going to be coming in with the clothes on their backs, and that may be a prison uniform," said Saint Andre Home Executive Director Reid Scher. "What the money basically is doing is help these rescuers build a life."

Scher said the biggest challenge is getting people to understand that human trafficking happens in Maine.

"Beyond the financial piece, it just requires a community response," said Scher. "We've been getting that in pieces, and seeing the whole community here [at the concert], it's amazing."


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