Human Traffic Watch

Human trafficking in Chicago leaves many struggling to recover

In Child Sex Trafficking, Forced Prostitution, Human Trafficking, Sex Trafficking on January 25, 2013 at 12:20 pm

Marelyn Garcia’s boyfriend promised he’d take care of her. He said he would take her off the streets, support her heroin addiction and show her what real love was. Then after a few months of financial hardship, he told her one more thing: she needed to sleep with his friend for money.

Garcia had been a victim of sexual abuse when she was 7 years old and again between the ages of 11 and 14. “So that opened the door to promiscuity,” she explained. “When I got into human trafficking it wasn’t hard for me to do because that was already robbed from me.”

Garcia had been a prostitute for 13 years before she went to the Dream Center, a collaboration of ministries fighting against injustice, poverty and oppression in Chicago.

Source: Medil

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