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'Angel' Helps Improve Lives of Human Trafficking Victims

"She cares for these girls like they are her daughter."

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    Sinetta Farley counsels young women on the street in Compton to help them find their way. Kathy Vara reports for the NBC4 News at 4 p.m. on Friday, July 7, 2017. (Published Friday, July 7, 2017)

    A 75-year-old Compton woman doesn't just talk the talk, she actually "walks" the streets to help young girls and women who are victims of human trafficking and prostitution.

    With the help and support of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's deputies from the Compton station, Sinetta Farley is helping them find their way to a better lives.

    Years ago, Farley she was deeply disturbed by the large number of girls, some as young as 13, that she saw soliciting sex on Long Beach Boulevard.

    She knew she had to do something about it.

    "I started walking the boulevard because I saw all these girls on the boulevard," said Farley, who works with restoration diversion services.

    At first, Farley said, she didn't realize that the girls she saw on what's known as the "Long Beach Track" were prostitutes.

    Farley was so deeply disturbed that she founded restoration diversion services, a program to help women who are under the control of pimps or sponsors.

    "We offer them advice, we offer them resources if they are ready to get out," Farley said.

    "She's the only one doing it here in the city of Compton," said Deputy Troy Torres. "So we consider her an angel, because she's out here 24/7 and she's walking the streets by herself."

    Sinetta and her assistant Pamela set up shop in the heart of the Long Beach Track.

    "We see her and we'll walk behind her in the patrol car because we want to keep her safe," Torres said.

    "The girls have an opportunity to have a place of refuge," Sinetta said.

    In this refuge, they can get food and toiletries, counseling, medical information and, most of all, self esteem.

    "We tell them they are beautiful and they are," Sinetta said.

    "She cares for these girls like they are her daughter," Torres said.

    When they see Sinetta, each girl leaves her name on a tiny piece of paper on a prayer board that says, "I was here." They share a very emotional moment.

    "I go home with it," Sinetta said. "I go home with because my daughters are adults and they are safe, but I have nieces and granddaughters."

    "Don't be a pushover for guys, stand on your own," Sinetta said is her advice to all women and girls.

    The foundation will continue to be there for the girls, but Sinetta is leaving in October to live with family in Oklahoma. She says her work is done, but she also hinted that she might be up for helping girls in Oklahoma City.

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