Survivor Voices

By Restore NYC | Behind the numbers on trafficking are stories of heartbreak and abuse. There are also stories of survival and hope - promising the possibility of a new life.

Escaped Brooklyn sex slave hails House's efforts to fight human trafficking

WASHINGTON - A woman who escaped a life of forced prostitution by jumping out a Brooklyn bathroom window watched Tuesday as the House passed five …

Sex-trafficking victim speaks out on 7 years' captivity

When it comes to sex trafficking, it can happen anywhere and to anyone.<p>That's the frightening message a Massachusetts mother and former prisoner of …

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My Conversation with Shyima Hall, Human Trafficking Survivor and Activist

Tonight on PBS, I sit with author Shyima Hall. Her memoir <i>Hidden Girl: The True Story of a Modern-Day Child Slave</i>, provides an emotionally gripping recount of her years in human captivity. Sold into slavery by her parents when she was just 8 years old, Hall's ordeal took her from Egypt to a gated …

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Human trafficking survivor Ima Matul to speak in Culver City Tuesday

Not long ago Ima Matul was trapped in a situation that seemed hopeless. Tuesday, she'll be sharing her story during a discussion on modern-day human …

Tucson victim of human trafficking shares story, message in Capitol

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“He beat me every day”

New York is the country's fourth-largest hub for human trafficking. Laura discovered its brutality firsthand<p>This article originally appeared on Juvenile Justice Information Exchange.<p><i>It’s part of the game. Because you got to establish a certain thing. You got to establish some fear in that female in</i> …

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Being and Being Bought: An interview with Kajsa Ekis Ekman

<i>Kajsa Ekis Ekman is a Swedish journalist and the author of “Being and Being Bought: Prostitution, Surrogacy and the Split Self,” which was recently</i> …

Bay Area Survivor Of Human Trafficking Describes Ordeal

RICHMOND (KPIX 5) — Human trafficking is being called an epidemic in Contra Costa County. There were just four cases prosecuted in the county in …

How I Tell My Sex Trafficking Survivor Story

I was lured by a pimp as a 17-year-old freshman at Northeastern University and spent two harrowing years under his control. I managed to escape with the help of my family, and have spent the last eight years rebuilding my life. I am one of the lucky ones. I am a survivor. As a result, I have become …

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How I Tell My Sex Trafficking Survivor Story

I was lured by a pimp as a 17-year-old freshman at Northeastern University and spent two harrowing years under his control. I managed to escape with the help of my family, and have spent the last eight years rebuilding my life. I am one of the lucky ones. I am a survivor. As a result, I have become …

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One Sex Trafficking Survivor’s Story

Child advocacy groups estimate that at last one hundred thousand children are trafficked each year in the U.S. They are coerced or abducted by …

As Former Victim Speaks Out, Lawmakers Target Human Trafficking

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A woman trafficked into the sex trade in Ireland tells her story

Anna said some of the customers during those five days were police officers.<p>Afterwards, she was returned to Galway. "I was so low and I tried to kill …

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Survivor Speaks Out at Human Trafficking Summit at Del Mar

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Human Trafficking

How To End Modern Slavery And Human Trafficking

<i>Editor’s Note: Somaly Mam is a global leader who has pioneered the movement against modern slavery for nearly two decades. She has been recognized as a CNN hero, Glamour Magazine’s Woman of the Year, and one of Time Magazine’s most influential people. Through her work as a tireless advocate and</i> …

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Trafficking Victim Now Advocates For Others

Angela Guanzon came from the Philippines to California for what she thought would be a good job. Instead, she worked 18 hours a day caring for elderly residents, slept on hallway floors and ate table scraps, all for $300 a month. Guanzon, now an advocate for victims of human trafficking, talks with …

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Foster Care and Sex Trafficking Survivor Testifies on Hill - ABC News

Win McNamee/Getty Images<p>This afternoon on the Hill a 24-year-old college student and sex trafficking survivor, Withelma "T" Ortiz Walker Pettigrew, …

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Teen Sex-Trafficking Victims Share Their Stories: 'Basically, [He] Kind Of Sold Me'

<b>LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) —</b> The victims of human trafficking, a problem that has a presence in Southern California, are younger than you may …

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Sold into sex slavery in the United States, a woman tells her story

<b>NEW YORK (PIX11) –</b> She was scared of being recognized and Kate — not her real name — didn’t want her face seen or her real name known by anyone. She …

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Two survivors recall human trafficking nightmare

pennyray@trentonian.comTRENTON — While living in Fairfax, Va., at the young age of 12, Barbara Amaya was sexually abused by a member of her family. …

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Sex trafficking addressed by N.J., Pa. officials

Casey asked U.S. Sen. Tom Harkin (D., Iowa) to take up the issue of child sex trafficking and help move the legislation Casey is cosponsoring to a …

Foster Care, Sex Trafficking Survivor Shares Story on Hill

Win McNamee/Getty Images<p>This afternoon on the Hill a 24-year-old college student and sex trafficking survivor, Withelma "T" Ortiz Walker Pettigrew, …

Iowa survivor of human trafficking speaks out

Kidnapped and forced into prostitution as a teenager, Brittany Phillips wants Iowans to know that human trafficking even happens locally. Tuesday, …

Sex Trafficking Victims Gather, Share Stories at Capitol Mall

SACRAMENTO –<p>Their stories are heart wrenching. Tonight they gathered at the Capitol Mall to share their stories and reasons for fighting against …

Girls Like Us: Choice – Young Women in the Sex Industry

<i>For most young women entering the sex industry, their choice is rarely voluntary.</i><p>*[Note: The following is an excerpt from <i>Girls Like Us: Fighting for</i> …

I Was Trafficked. Why Didn’t I Run?

When Sophie Hayes joined her boyfriend in Italy for a vacation, she had no idea that he was about to prostitute her for money. Now, in her new memoir, she tells about her life as a sex slave in Europe’s underground.<p><i>Just a few years ago everything changed. I was trafficked. I was deceived by a man</i> …

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