Human Traffic Watch

Former sex trafficking victim uses experience to educate kids

In Child Sex Trafficking, Forced Prostitution, Human Trafficking, Sex Trafficking on January 19, 2013 at 1:05 pm
Credit: Diedra Laird / Charlotte ObserverCharlotte resident Jill Mourning was a human trafficking victim for months before her manager was finally arrested.

Credit: Diedra Laird / Charlotte Observer
Charlotte resident Jill Mourning was a human trafficking victim for months before her manager was finally arrested.

Nineteen-year-old Jill Mourning was sleeping in her Arizona hotel room when she heard the buzz of a keycard unlocking her door. The UNC Charlotte student and part-time model woke as her manager and two other men entered the room with a tripod and video camera.

At first Mourning thought it was time to get up for her photo shoot for a cigar company. But then her manager walked over to the side of her bed and pinned down her arms, she said. Another man sat on her ankles.

“I realized something bad was about to happen,” the Charlotte woman, now 25, remembered.

The three men took turns raping her, Mourning said. They took videos of the act, pictures to sell on the Internet and blackmail her with, she said.

“And the next day, I was to shoot like nothing had happened,” the Charlotte woman, now 25, remembered. “My manager actually said to me, ‘This is business as usual. This is just business; don’t take it personally.’ ”

Source: KVUE

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