Get inked, give help: Local fundraiser benefits sex trafficking victims

This article pulled from KOB 4 News.

Paul Reilly
April 07, 2018 09:32 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Sex trafficking is an issue that often goes unnoticed in New Mexico, despite there being multitudes of victims who need help.

Enter the New Mexico Dream Center, a non-profit with the goal of helping those victims escape horrible conditions. On Saturday, two Albuquerque groups united to support that mission for the second year.

Some locals were given fresh ink or got to put their videogame skills to the test in the process.

"We have a vision for Albuquerque and the surrounding areas," said Stefonie Montoya, owner of Good Fortune Tattoo, which teamed up with Gamers Anonymous to raise money for the Dream Center.

She was just one of many on Saturday working to make the city a better and safer place.

"To show them love, no matter what skin, religion, race, color, it doesn't matter," she said. "We want to show that love to this community."

Good Fortune is pitching in 50 percent of all tattoo proceeds from the event to the center. Meanwhile, Gamers Anonymous held a videogame tournament at the tattoo shop, with 100 percent of those proceeds set to benefit the Dream Center.

"We've always believed in giving back to the community," Montoya said.

She added they raised around $5,000 last year, and while this year's totals still have to be counted, her hope is that they reached that mark once again.