Day in the Life
The following may be hard to read. But it will change your life. You see, there are more than 27 million slaves in the world today, and 200,000 are right here in the United States, with 15,000 new ones being trafficked in annually. Like toys made in China, people are imported and sold. A slave today sells for just 90 dollars.
This is the story of Jenna, a teenage girl trapped in slavery, a victim of sex trafficking. On a slow night, she is forced to have sex 30-40, so another man can make money off of her. She lives in Atlanta, Georgia.
8AM: Such a long night. My body aches all over & no amount of showers can get ride of the stench of the men.
9AM: Can’t sleep & drugs aren’t working. I have to rest or I won’t be able to perform tonight. Can’t take another beating.
10AM: Cindy’s been crying all morning…missing her mom. I tried to comfort her, but can’t bother to get too attached.
11AM: I’m so hungry. I wonder if anyone will feed us today…
FACT: Jenna “works” against her will, never receiving a dime. This is one way her trafficker keeps her dependent on him.
12PM: Started thinking about my baby boy. Will I ever get to hold him again? It’s probably better he’s not in my life.
1PM: “He” just walked in the apartment & is pissed. He didn’t make enough off of me last night. It’s never enough.
FACT: Jenna’s trafficker makes a living selling her to men online, forcing her to have sex with them night after night.
2PM: Cindy & I both got beat this time. My nose is broken, maybe my arm too. We got it bad before but not this bad.
FACT: Traffickers physically abuse & threaten girls as a fear tactic to control them into submission.
3PM: I try to lay down again to get some rest, but the nightmares never stop. Why did I believe all “his” lies?
FACT: Victims are often deceived into situations like Jenna’s by believing promises of a better life.
4PM: My head’s pounding. I know “he” would tell me I just need a fix, but I don’t want any more of that poison.
FACT: Traffickers often drug women to disorient, weaken & numb their instincts.
5PM: “He” just got back & told me to get cleaned up. “He” said I got a busy night ahead.
6PM: Time to fix my makeup for tonight. I used to love playing dress-up cuz it made me feel pretty. Now I just feel dirty.
FACT: Girls often fall prey to traffickers around the ages of 11 – 14 years old.
7PM: My first “client” just walked in. He’s older & said I look like his daughter’s friend. I just don’t get it.
8PM: That was so awful! He called me bad names the whole time & kept hurting me. Who will help me?
FACT: Victims often don’t know who to get help from or how to get out of the situation they’re in. They feel powerless.
9PM: “He” just brought in a businessman. He’s been having problems with his wife. I don’t care. Why would he come here?
FACT: In Atlanta, 42% of men who purchase sex are from the northern suburbs.
10PM: I wish I could escape from this hell & go back to school in Michigan. There’s no hope for my life. I’m trapped.
FACT: Victims are sometimes trafficked across state lines to isolate & confuse them by being in a new city.
11PM: I just wanna run away, but I’m scared “he’d” kill me & hurt my family.
FACT: Traffickers often threaten to hurt victims’ friends & family as a means of control.
12AM: I feel so dirty, used & worthless. God, won’t you ever save me? I want out of this life.
Now, you know the horrible truth. Slavery is not just statistics. It does not just exist in textbooks. Slavery is faces and people and real stories. There are more slaves in the world than in any other time in history.
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