City council returns funding to anti-sex trafficking programs

PORTLAND, Ore. -- The Portland City Council on Wednesday voted to fund programs that help reduce prostitution, reversing a budget cut from earlier this year.

City leaders cut funding from the programs a few months ago. A $250,000 surplus will be distributed immediately to support programs like GirlStrength.

Carolyne Haycraft is the executive director and says they'll be able to add boys to their self-defense program for middle school students.

Other beneficiaries include New Options for Women, which provides mental health evaluations and counseling for women who've been on the streets. The organization will now be able to serve more women who are aging out of their current system.

While these funds are available now, the long term funding is a different story. The city says it will work with the county to find ways to continue to fund these programs in the future.