Omaha Public Radio News
Tue October 6, 2009
Wellspring program seeks to help people escape prostitution
By Katie Knapp Schubert
Omaha, NE – A Salvation Army program designed to help people escape prostitution is in its 15th year.
The Wellspring program provides counseling and support, outreach, and education to both individuals and their families. The goal is to help break the cycle of prostitution. Salvation Army of Omaha spokeswoman Susan Eustice says people experiencing trauma, grief and shame are vulnerable to prostitution. But, according to Eustice, those are the same results of being involved in the sex trade. She says prostitution is becoming a larger problem due to online sites such as Craigslist.
Eustice says Wellspring seeks to provide mental, physical, spiritual and emotional support to clients and their families. She says the program right now is seeing 30 to 35 clients a month, many of them women.