BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - There was a groundbreaking Thursday for a revolutionary center designed to help victims of human trafficking.
Officials said Catholic Sisters will live at what is being called Metanoia, a word that means "changing your way of life."
Plans are for the facility to house 16 victims, all with their own private room. They can remain there until they are 18 years old.
"What it means is finally, we're going to have a place for children who have been so terribly abused and taken advantage of and sold and used and abused," said Father Jeff Bayhi, who spearheaded the effort.
The groundbreaking drew several people who supported the cause, including Gov. John Bel Edwards, East Baton Rouge Sheriff Sid Gautreau and West Baton Rouge Sheriff Mike Cazes.
The goal is to have Metanoia up and running by July. The location is kept secret by design for security reasons.