Human Traffic Watch

Prop. 35 backers say human-trafficking measure is needed; foes argue it’s badly flawed

In Human Trafficking, Sex Trafficking on October 4, 2012 at 2:10 pm

Dellena Hoyer says she was 12 years old, a runaway in Oak Park with nowhere to go, when she met her first pimp.

She describes a life in tatters: a neglectful mother, sexually abusive relatives, a growing résumé of group and foster homes. Having fled yet another, she said, she stood on the street that night, not knowing where she would sleep.

The big man in the big Cadillac was nice to her. He offered a ride. She went.

As a child, Hoyer wanted to be a professional dancer. What she became was a prostitute – and it was not by choice, she argues today.

Now 50 and a licensed drug and alcohol counselor in the Sacramento region, Hoyer has been sharing her story with lawmakers and voters in hopes of shedding light on the many forces, including life circumstances and manipulative men, that she says might compel children to sell their bodies for money.

“I didn’t choose that. I hated what I was doing,” Hoyer said. “I didn’t see any way out.”

Source: SacBee

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