AUSTIN, Texas -- A cooking competition was held to help raise money for child survivors of sex trafficking.
The Refuge held its first ever Hope Appetit banquet bringing together four of Austin's best chef's for a cooking competition. The event raised money for the Refuge Ranch, a $6 million facility that will house victims of child sex trafficking. Leaders with The Refuge said building a home to care for victims addresses a serious need in Texas.
"There are 79,000 young adults and minors being sex trafficked in Texas today. There are currently only 24 beds in the state of Texas. Nationwide there's only 600 beds. And so with our 48 it is going to be a start,” said Steven Phenix, with The Refuge Ranch.
The Refuge Ranch is set to open this June.