Maryland has seen 66 human trafficking cases in 2016. This center aims to help victims.

Susan Esserman, founder and director of the SAFE Center, speaks at the announcement ceremony on May 9, 2016. (File Photo/The Diamondback)

Susan Esserman, founder and director of the SAFE Center, speaks at the announcement ceremony on May 9, 2016. (File Photo/The Diamondback)

By Kimberly Escobar
Published September 21

After interning at College Park's SAFE Center for Human Trafficking Survivors this summer, senior criminal justice major Joshua Shoob said he understands why the center was created.

"We had one victim come in who was trafficked for 10 years," Shoob said. "I just remember her being so happy and full of life … I was shocked [to see] that after going through that — that somebody could be so positive."

The SAFE Center, located on Greenbelt Road, opened in May to support victims of human trafficking as well as labor trafficking, said Susan Esserman, the center's founder and director. Since then, the center has had a lot of success, with 18 referrals and 10 open cases, Esserman added...