Feet First open house focuses on human trafficking solutions

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Human trafficking for sex and work is happening in Contra Costa County, but there are not enough places to house victims and survivors trying to escape from the dehumanizing trade, visitors to Fight Kore and the public introduction of its Feet First Foundation program heard Wednesday night.

Furthermore, it’s challenging for them to rebuild their lives, said Contra Costa County Deputy District Attorney Paul Graves, who spoke at the open house.

“They are the single most damaged individuals,” he said.

Perpetrators “take over the mind, body and soul” of people used for the sex trade or for working conditions comparable to slavery, he said.

Sean Sharkey, owner of Fight Kore, a gym at 816 Main St., and one of his students, Dan Dorsett, initially decided to offer discrete boxing and mixed martial arts classes for these victims and survivors, to provide a foundation for the rebuilding of their confidence and feeling of self-worth.

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