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 …

Brooklyn

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 …

Money

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 …

Human trafficking survivor Ima Matul to speak in Culver City Tuesday

Nearly 14 years ago, Ima Matul was trapped in a situation that seemed hopeless. Tuesday, she'll be sharing her story during a discussion on …

Human Trafficking

Tucson victim of human trafficking shares story, message in Capitol

Cronkite News has moved to a new home at cronkitenews.azpbs.org. Use this site to search archives from 2011 to May 2015. You can search the new site …

Human Trafficking

“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> …

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> …

Prostitution

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 …

Human Trafficking

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 …

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 …

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 …

Survivor

As Former Victim Speaks Out, Lawmakers Target Human Trafficking

Human Trafficking

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 …

Ireland

Survivor Speaks Out at Human Trafficking Summit at Del Mar

The problem of domestic human trafficking took center stage Friday at Del Mar College's Center for Economic Development.<p>It was a day-long summit …

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> …

Human Trafficking

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 …

Philippines

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, …

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 …

Human Trafficking

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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 …

Slavery

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. …

Archives and past articles from the Philadelphia Inquirer, Philadelphia Daily News, and Philly.com.

The home of over 5.1 million full archive pages of <b>The Philadelphia Inquirer</b> and <b>Philadelphia Daily News</b> print editions<p>Search and browse our historical …

Pennsylvania

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, …

Human Trafficking

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> …

Women's News

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> …