Destiny - 2018 Graduate My birth mom was in an abusive relationship, and her boyfriend would sometimes get upset and beat her. I wanted to defend her, but I couldn't because I was too young to do anything. I was the [...]
Kiara - 2018 Graduate Life before coming to Mercy was horrible. I found out about Mercy from my counselor, and I applied to the program because I felt that my choice was to either go to Mercy or kill myself. When [...]
Kira - 2018 Graduate Hi my name is Kira and I was born in a brothel in Hungary to a teenager, not much older than I am now. My birth mom was never given the choice whether or not to be [...]
Emma - 2017 Graduate I had endured physical, mental, and verbal abuse from close family members when I was younger, which left me feeling very insecure and full of self-doubt. My parents divorced when I was very young, and this led [...]
Hannah - 2017 Graduate When I was younger, I was sexually abused. In school, I was bullied. Since I was eight years old, I started trying to take my life. When I was 16, I was drugged and raped by a [...]
Brittany - 2017 Graduate I grew up in a Christian home. My parents got divorced when I was 13. To escape, I became involved in dance. I made it to the collegiate level and then lost it all because I failed [...]
Brittany - 2017 Graduate When I was two years old, I was removed from my mother who struggled with a drug addiction and was adopted into a new family. At the age of three, I became a victim of sex trafficking. [...]
As Martin Luther King Jr. once said in the midst of the Civil Rights Movement, “Human progress is neither automatic nor inevitable…every step toward the goal of justice requires the tireless exertions and passionate concern of dedicated individuals.” We all have something to contribute and offer – each day we can pray, learn something new, support an initiative, share and discuss this issue, volunteer our time with local organizations, and so much more. We can all do something to work toward ending slavery and take part in God’s work of redemption.
You might be surprised to know that I didn’t know that what happened to me as a child was considered sex trafficking until I was 18. As I grew older, I came to know what happened to me to be sexual abuse, but it wasn’t until I told my counselor all the details of those circumstances that she said to me, “Rachel, I think you’ve been sex trafficked.” I was quite angry with her because I did not want to believe what she was saying was true—I believed sex trafficking happened only in third world countries, not in the United States. Not in my state. Not in my hometown. Not to me.
Alexandria - 2016 Graduate We moved for my dad’s job when I was young. His company went bankrupt and shut down, which led to foreclosure on our house. This was the first time we lived in poverty. I blamed myself for [...]